Graham Purcell Dead at 92

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Graham Purcell, who
represented a northwest Texas district through virtually all of the
1960s and early `70s, has died at age 92.

A statement issued by Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home says Purcell
died at his Wichita Falls home Saturday.

The Archer City native and World War II Army veteran practiced
law in Wichita Falls until his appointment as a state district
judge in Wichita County in 1955. He resigned to wage a successful
1961 special election run for a U.S. House seat and was re-elected
five times, serving until 1973.

Purcell then practiced law in Washington, D.C., for 15 more
years before retiring to Wichita Falls in 1988.

Funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in
Wichita Falls, with burial in Archer City Cemetery.

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