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Missionary videographer dies in South Asia

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Lee Pursley, a Southern Baptist missionary videographer, died July 20 while traveling in South Asia.

Pursley, 39, suffered a heart attack, according to an IMB spokesman. Physicians nearby worked unsuccessfully for an hour to revive him. He had a history of heart problems.

His wife, the former Nancy Garner of Tampa, Fla., and their two children, Kathryn, 4, and Matthew, 10 months, are returning to the United States, where they will live in missionary housing provided by First Baptist Church of Brandon, Fla.

Pursley’s body is to be returned to the United States by week’s end.

A native of Atlanta, Pursley was a graduate of West Georgia College in Carrollton and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to missionary appointment in 1996, he was a master control operator at the former Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission in Fort Worth (now part of the North American Mission Board).

Pursley was the son of Bob and Barbara Pursley of Brookwood Baptist Church in Snellville, Ga.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: LEE PURSLEY.

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