Newschannel 6 learned that former U.S. Congressman Graham Purcell died Friday night at his home in Wichita Falls. He represented our area in Washington from 1962-1973. Aside from politics Purcell played a crucial role in the lives of children. He and his wife received the Patsy Baggett award from the Wichita County Child Welfare Board.
He also fought in World War II and on July 31, 2010 Mayor Glenn Barham named that day as Graham Purcell day in Wichita Falls. In 1992 the federal building in downtown was named the Graham B. Purcell Jr. Post Office and Federal Building.
Representative Mac Thornberry released a statement upon hearing of his death:
Graham Purcell was a larger than life figure who led a remarkable life of service. Whether it was as a soldier in World War II or a judge or a congressman, he exemplified strength of character and love of country. Like many, I have been blessed to have known Graham as a friend and mentor and have Nancy and his family in our prayers.