Mr. Purcell is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has resided in Eufaula since 1972.
After receiving a B.A. in history from the University of Alabama, he attended graduate
school in the same field. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, 1969-1977.
Between 1972 and 2011 he served as executive director of the Historic Chattahoochee
Commission, an agency of Alabama and Georgia involved in the promotion of tourism
and historic preservation. He is past president of the Alabama Historical Association,
Alabama Historical Commission’s Board of Advisors, Alabama Trust for Historic
Preservation and the Eufaula Heritage Association. He is also past chairman of the
Alabama-Live-In-A-Landmark Council, Main Street Eufaula, Inc., RiverWay South and
the Eufaula Historic Preservation Commission. He has served as a member of the Middle/
Lower Chattahoochee River Board of Governors, ACF Stakeholders. During 1989-1998,
he served as one of two Alabama advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation
and was chairman of the Trust’s ten-state Southern Region Board of Advisors from
1997-1998. In addition, he served on the National Trust’s Executive Committee and
was Secretary in 1998. He has served several terms on the Marketing Committee of the
Alabama Tourism Department.
Mr. Purcell currently serves on the boards of the Murals of the Wiregrass, Eufaula-
Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association,
Eufaula Heritage Association, Friends of the Alabama Archives, Alabama Historical
Association, Barbour County Governors’ Trail Council, North Carolina Scottish
Heritage Society and Friends of Fendall Hall. He is a past board member of the Pioneer
Museum of Alabama, Historic Westville Advisors, Alabama Center for Traditional
Culture Advisors, Alabama Travel Council, Alabama Hospitality Association and
the Alabama Environmental Council. He is currently president of the Purcell Family
of America Genealogical Association. He is an active member of the Eufaula Rotary
Club, having served as president and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a graduate of
Leadership Alabama. He and his wife Betsy have two children, two grandsons and a step-
Mr. Purcell serves on the Long Range Planning Committee. Previously he served as Chair of the Council’s Long-Range Planning Committee and as a member of the Grants Review Committee.