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Updated: 10/12/2017 08:30:02AM
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Donald P. McClurg

Donald P. McClurg, 81, has cashed in his nine lives. The vibrant, hard-working, opinionated and relentlessly positive man, born September 5, 1936, passed away on September 10, 2017 in Carthage, North Carolina. Donald is survived by his wife, Barbara McClurg, his siblings Joyce O’Kelly, Gerald McClurg, Larry McClurg and Linda Coe; his children Dianne Tranks, David McClurg, Darien McClurg, Matthew Carr, Shawn McClurg and Stephanie McClurg; and his eight grandchildren, Rayla, Eric, Katie, Logan, Orion, Zayden, Jade, and Otto.

Donald McClurg was a proud father, an avid and voracious reader, an unrelenting chess player and a great storyteller with a gift for sarcasm, wit and satirical compliments. Donald’s passion, curiosity and business endeavors allowed him to experience multiple lives in a single lifetime, the scope of which may never be fully known. Professionally, he was an entrepreneur with numerous forays into printing, restaurants, marketing, writing, photography, festival/event development and sales; although his children think he missed his true calling as a food critic and/or fashion mogul.

Following Hurricane Sally, Donald acquired the Arcadia Tea Room, while his wife opened an antique and collectibles shop directly across the arcade. He and wife resided in Arcadia until December 2016, when they moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The family will be holding a memorial service in Canaan Valley during the summer of 2018, the date still to be determined. Please contact Stephanie McClurg at and/or Shawn McClurg at for more information.

Ann Purvis Dykes

Ann Purvis Dykes, 82, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at her home in Lutz, Florida, after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ann was born in Arcadia, Florida, on Jan. 19, 1935, to Erma (Richardson) and Judge Lewis Edward Purvis Sr.

Ann was a graduate of DeSoto County High School’s Class of 1953. She attended Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and Queens Choir. She transferred to Florida State University where she majored in fashion design and was a member of Gamma Alpha Chi honorary sorority and The Fashion Institute. She won many local beauty pageants and vocal competitions and frequently competed at state level. She received a Bachelor of the Arts in education from the University of South Florida in 1969. She was a teacher in DeSoto County and moved to Tampa in 1968.

She began teaching first grade at Citrus Park Elementary, where she worked for many years. She loved teaching children and dedicated much of her life to taking care of her grandchildren. She felt that her children and grandchildren were her greatest gift and always had enormous pride and joy in each and every one of them.

She remained active most of her life in Chi Omega sorority and was instrumental in founding the Chi Omega chapter at the University of South Florida. She was a lifelong member of the D.A.R., Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, American Red Cross, and the Florida Orchestra.

Ann was an exceptional mother, grandmother, devoted wife, and friend. She would light up a room with her smile and outgoing personality. She was creative, fun-loving, and endlessly positive in spirit. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Walter Edmund Dykes; two children, Stephanie Dykes Brooks and Edmund Dykes; son-in-law, Dr. Joseph Roy Brooks; and four grandchildren, Joseph Roy Brooks II (Nicole Brooks), Cameran Brooks, Lauren Dykes, and Katherine Dykes; and one nephew, John Mizell (Lisa Mizell).

A graveside service will be held at Owens Cemetery (also known as Mount Ephraim Baptist Church Cemetery) in Owens, Florida, DeSoto County, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Louis Mabry of First United Methodist Church in Arcadia will be officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Lifepath Hospice, 12470 Telecom Dr., Suite 300, Temple Terrace, Fla. 33637. Online condolences can be made at

Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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