Ronald Frank Purpura

  • Born: May 31, 1940
  • Died: October 5, 2021
  • Location: Pendleton, South Carolina

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108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ronald Frank Purpura, 81, of Pendleton, husband to Joyce Alewine Purpura, passed away October 5, 2021.
Born in Rochester, NY, he was the son of the late Frank and Stella Antenozzi Purpura. After graduating from high school, Mr. Purpura served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was the owner and operator of Greenville Street Grocery in Pendleton for many years. Ronald was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, a founding member of Pendleton Rescue Squad and former American Legion Vice Commander.
Mr. Purpura is survived by his wife, Joyce Alewine Purpura; daughter, Kimberly Howard (Olin) of Pendleton; grandchildren, Anya Allen (Blake), Selena Owens (Anthony) Miranda Smith (Shannon) and Brandon Howard (Donnette). He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Ronald was predeceased by his parents and first wife, Vivian Barker Purpura.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Memory Gardens, Clemson. The family will receive friends following the service in the cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just heard of Ron's passing. I didn't know. He has been a friend that went all the way back to when I was a simple boy...and, I would say he was a rather top dollar sort of fellow, a good filled with fun and laughter. He is a man I will remember always, a guy that etched for himself a place in Pendleton lore; a former Marine I've always been proud to call a friend; may the Lord bless him and his family. Wow...disappointing news...

Posted by alton finley - Pendleton, SC - Friend   November 12, 2021

I just found out about Ron's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Ron and I shared a lot of good times together. We worked together and had a wonderful time even while on the clock. I look back on those days and smile because of friends like Ron. Whether working or fishing he always had a smile and a laugh for the people around him. He truly will be missed by many.

Posted by Mike Dobson - Central, SC - Friend   October 13, 2021

So very sorry for your great loss. Our thought and prayers are with the family. Larry & Molly Sears

Posted by Molly Sears - Anderson, SC - Friend   October 09, 2021

He was a very sweet guy he will truly be missed.

Posted by Eddie Thrasher - Pendleton, SC - Neighbor   October 08, 2021

Kim, I am so sorry about Uncle Ron. We all shared many happy times together - especially at Easter! Aunt Vivian and Uncle Ron kept the most beautiful yard! I will miss his loving spirit. Know that God is with you and that I love you!

Posted by Debra Brown - ANDERSON, SC - Family   October 08, 2021

Kim, I am so sorry love you girl

Posted by Sykvia Durham - Pendleton, SC - Friend   October 08, 2021

I was saddened by Mr. Purpura's rapid decline and passing. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace.

Posted by Christine Lawrence - Liberty, SC - Family Friend   October 08, 2021

We are saddened to hear of Ron Purpura's passing. Ron was a dedicated and respected community member whose service will have a lasting impact. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Brenda Vander Mey - Pendleton, SC - Neighbor   October 07, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Purpura's passing. Prayers for peace and comfort to his family through this difficult time. God bless you all.

Posted by Bonnie Campbell - Belton, SC - Friend   October 07, 2021

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