Willie F Purifoy Jr.

Profile Updated: June 28, 2014
Willie F Purifoy Jr.
Class Year: 1959
Residing In: Memphis, TN USA
Spouse/Partner: Prudeen Steele, 1963
Occupation: General Manager Johnson-Bryce
Children: Darron - Arlington, VA (BS Manufacturing Engineering)
Ron - Memphis, Tennessee (MBA Marketing)
Donna More…- Mason, OH (Jurist Doctorate) VP / Asst General Council Macy’s Corp
Military Service: Career Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Your Wenonah Community:

Wenonah # 10

My Favorite Teacher:

Mrs Emma Bailey

Since Wenonah:

Career Military 1959-1983 (Vietnam era; 11 years overseas duty).
Methodist College, Fayetteville ,North Carolina BBA business and economics

Masters of Science, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR

We have lived in Memphis,Tennessee since military retirement in 1983. Worked for Georgia-Pacific 20 years, Plant Manager for 12 years, retiring in 2003.

Manufacturing site Director, Bryce Corp, 2004-2009.

Member of Board of Directors; Johnson-Bryce LLC, 2009 - Present

General Manager,Johnson-Bryce (Purifoy Family business) Son Ron is CEO www.johnson-byrce.com

Wenonah Story:

From a Teacher who will forever remain unnamed "son you will never amount to anything". Thanks for the motivation!
When I look back at the years at Wenonah, I remember the encouraging words; not from teachers but from fellow students. They saw in me what I could not see in myself. There was rarely a harsh word even when it was warranted. I remember very clearly over 250 names from those years; however, two stand out more than others for their kindness; Carolyn Robertson, and underclass mate, Alfra Dean Fisher. Emmett Bryant was a good friend as well as many others. I will forever give thanks to the Lord God Almighty for the experience.

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