Scott Lee Purser, 54, welcoming neighbor whose dream came true when he moved to the beach

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Scott Lee Purser
Scott Lee Purser

Scott Lee Purser, 54, was born in Monroe on September 22, 1961. He passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington.

At the age of nine, he started working with his father, Troy, hauling logs until he was 26. Scott appreciated the time they shared in the woods. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1979. Over the years, Scott worked as a surveyor with Donnie Lawrence, a chicken catcher with Holly Farms, a machine operator with Montex and worked at Teledyne Allvac until his medical retirement in 1991.

Scott enjoyed playing the piano, fishing and helping others. In 2006, he finally realized a lifelong dream to live at the beach. He and Kathy moved to Wilmington. There, he quickly found himself as ‘mayor’ of his neighborhood, where neighbors looked forward to a strong hand held high in the air welcoming them into and out of the neighborhood, he provided expert landscaping and home maintenance advice and shared many lunches with builders in the driveway. Scott loved God; his furry kids, Doodle and Henry; his Jeep; and a good laugh.

Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents, Troy Sr. and Marie Purser and Marion and Bertha Horne. Some of Scott’s most special memories were of the times he shared with his grandparents, playing cards and spending time together.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Kathy Mangum Purser; parents, Troy Jr. and Joyce Horne Purser; sister, Peggy, and her husband, Tom Moyer; sister, Troyanne, and her husband, Melvin Funderburk; in-laws, Eddie and Ann Mangum; sister-in-law, Erica, and her husband, Ben Harris; nephews Matthew Moyer, Wesley Moyer and Larson Harris; niece, Kristen Horne; great-nieces and great-nephews Ryan, Gracie, Hope and Isaac Moyer; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins; and many wonderful friends and neighbors.

If you shared a laugh with Scott, you hold a special place in our hearts because in doing so, you helped him forget his many ailments. We will always be thankful to all of his many healthcare professionals over the years and for everyone who took time to ask, ‘How is Scott doing today?’

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Altan Presbyterian Church in Monroe. To honor Scott’s love of the ocean, a memorial service and a paddle out will be held in Scott’s honor on Saturday, April 23, in Wilmington. The time and location are to be determined. A group of friends who surf will paddle out past the surf, arrange their boards in a circle and spread his ashes along with red roses. Please come to the beach in your comfortable, casual attire in keeping with Scott’s love of bathing suits and sandals.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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