He was born in Atlanta, Aug. 15, 1933, son of the late James Gilbert Purvis Sr. and Charlie Brown Purvis. Mr. Purvis graduated from Northside High School, Shorter College and the University of West Georgia, where he received a master’s degree in early childhood education. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, a member of the Brock Pelfrey American Legion, Adairsville Masonic Lodge #168 and the Adairsville Optimist Club. Mr. Purvis was a member of Adairsville Baptist Church; he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. He was a retired teacher and also owner of Bartow Bookkeeping. Mr. Purvis was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Purvis; and a brother, Paul Purvis.
Survivors include his two daughters, Angela Combs and her husband, Greg of Adairsville, and Karen M. Purvis of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Scott M. (Kayla) Walker, Rebekah Combs and Sarah Combs, all of Adairsville; brother, Frank (Linda Lee) Purvis of Americus; a sister-in-law, Gail Purvis of Deltona, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Larry B. (Gail) Hollingsworth of Marietta; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. from Adairsville Baptist Church, Adairsville, with Rev. Richard Webster and Rev. Michael Hunt officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Deacons of the Adairsville Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Adairsville Baptist Church, Adairsville.
R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. James Gilbert Purvis, Jr.