Josephine Purkins Garnett

Published 8:12 am Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Josephine Purkins Garnett


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Josephine Purkins Garnett, 78, died June 8, 2019 in Palm Beach Florida. She was born in Athens, Kentucky on August 18, 1940 to the late Hugh and Hallie Webb Stone Purkins. Jo earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Christian Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and did 800 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education with Hospice of the Bluegrass from Lexington Theological Seminary. Jo formerly served as Minister of Education and Children at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in Danville, Kentucky where she retired after 16 years. She also served as Chaplain with Hospice of the Bluegrass and McDowell Hospital in Kentucky. Jo also retired as Associate for Pastoral Care from First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, Florida. She loved the ministry and her family.

She is survived by her husband, Clovis Lee Garnett; a son, Daniel Lee Garnett; a daughter, Joanna (Robert) Wilkirson; two grandchildren, Alexander Lee Garnett, Jackson McLean Garnett; three grand dogs, Dexter, Peaches Marie and Lola Grace Wilkirson.

The memorial service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in Danville. Rev. Tim Noel will officiate. Visitation will be 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2019 and 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., prior to service, on Saturday at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. The online guestbook is available at