Bailey Lomax Puryear, age 87, of 1565 Pen Oak Court, Roxboro, North Carolina, died Friday morning, July 19, 2019, at Roxboro Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Puryear was born July 25, 1931 in Person County, North Carolina, son of the late Charlie Herbert and Mable Sue Lowery Puryear.

Upon his retirement as a lineman, he worked a number of years for H&R Block and was a member of High View Baptist Church.

He enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, Person High School basketball and participating in the North Carolina Senior Games, where he won more metals than anyone from Person County.

It is said that he was one of the best linemen to ever climb a pole.

Surviving are five children, Danny Lewis Puryear and wife Lisa Baltimore, Beth Loraine Mullen and husband Ken, Michael Vernon Puryear and wife Gwynne, Jennifer Ann Vinceguerra and husband Todd and Jamie Lomax Puryear; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, C. H. Puryear and wife Ruth and Hughel Puryear and wife Jannise.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Puryear was preceded in death by two sons, Mark Andrew Puryear and Jeffrey Scott Puryear; four brothers, Clifton Puryear, Jasper Puryear, Lowery Puryear and Roy Lee Puryear; and the mother of his children, Ruth Geary Puryear Morris.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Strickland and Jones Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Avery Dalton officiating.

Interment will follow in the Virgilina Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Willie Mays, Ken Mullen, Mark Mullen, Robert Perry, Aaron Puryear and Michael Scott Puryear.

Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Strickland and Jones Memorial Funeral Services, Roxboro, North Carolina.

Online condolences may be made at stricklandandjonesfs.com.