Purnell was born on 20 Dec 1910 in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA, the son of Robert Leacel Shields and Anne Estelle Laws.
He died in Jul 1983 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA.
His wife was Rebecca Jumper, who he married on 4 APR 1909 in Virginia, USA. Their only known child was Marian Lois (1937-?).
|Birth||20 DEC 1910||
|Census||8 JAN 1920|
|Census||7 APR 1930|