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Obituaries

- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2007

Harold Purcell, 87, legislator, judge

LOUISA, Va. (AP) — Harold Hidmore Purcell, a retired judge and former Virginia state legislator responsible for the Uninsured Motorist Act, died July 14 at his Louisa County home. He was 87.

Mr. Purcell, a Democrat, served 17 years in the General Assembly, first in the House of Delegates and then as a senator representing the 26th District. In 1958, he introduced the Uninsured Motorist Act, which protects insured motorists involved in accidents from those without insurance.

Mr. Purcell earned his law degree from the University of Virginia, then served in the Army for three years during World War II. He was elected to the House after his discharge.

Mr. Purcell decided in 1965 not to seek re-election to the Senate and was appointed to the 16th Judicial Circuit. He served as a judge until 1979, when he retired to join his son in private practice.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Virginia Omohundro Purcell of Louisa; two sons, Charles F. Purcell of Louisa and Harold W. Purcell of Midlothian; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bart Burns, 89, movie, TV actor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bart Burns, an actor who appeared on Broadway, in movies and TV shows for five decades, died July 18 of natural causes at his home in the West Hills area. He was 89.

Mr. Burns made several Broadway appearances, including appearing with Henry Fonda in a production of "Mr. Roberts."

On TV, he played Pat Chambers on the "Mike Hammer" series in the 1950s and made hundreds of guest appearances on shows ranging from "Gunsmoke" to "The Rockford Files."

His movie roles included Ernest Farmer in the 1982 Jessica Lange feature "Frances." He had small roles in many other films, including "Seven Days in May," "Legal Eagles" and "Tora, Tora, Tora."

Mr. Burns wrote the four-part "Kilroy Was Here" feature for the 1950s TV show "Disneyland."

Born George Joseph Burns in New York City, he took the name Bart to avoid confusion with comic George Burns when he began his acting career in 1947.

During World War II, Mr. Burns was a Marine captain in the Pacific, where he was wounded twice. He received a Silver Star for leading a tank through a minefield to destroy a Japanese pillbox on Iwo Jima.

Tim Tucker, 50, outdoors writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tucker, a longtime syndicated outdoor sports writer, died July 16 in a three-car crash on Interstate 75. He was 50.

Mr. Tucker was a senior writer for Bassmaster magazine and B.A.S.S. Times and a longtime columnist with the Gainesville Sun. He wrote eight books about fishing and was featured on several national TV shows.

Mr. Tucker also wrote for Universal Press Syndicate's outdoor page, which is distributed to 33 newspapers.