Fri. Jun 9th, 2023

We announce with great joy that, on March 22, 2019, our Lord and Savior welcomed his loyal servant “James David Purvis” into his kingdom where he would be forever loved and healed. He died peacefully, without pain, and basks in the glory of God. We will miss him, but not with sorrow. He was a great man who loved Jesus so much. We won’t dishonor him by shedding more tears, because he’s exactly where he wanted to be. We long for the day when we will be reunited.

We love you Dad.

Jimmy was born in Birmingham, Al, to John Sparks Purvis (father) and Ollie Brookins Purvis (mother). He was the eighth of 10 children. After serving in the Korean War, he attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for Sears and Roebuck 35 years and played semi-pro baseball. He was a member of the Baptist Chapel, where he was a deacon and Sunday School Teacher. His love for God was unmatched. He was passionate about biblical stories, and loved to share his knowledge. He taught and led many bible studies.

His wife Janice and he were both active square dancers, dancing as much as 3 nights per week. They enjoyed spending time with their family and traveling after retirement. His never-ending wit, his stories and his phenomenal memory will be forever remembered. He was always busy with a puzzle or math problem.

Mr. Purvis is preceded in death his Darlene McClendon, Brunelle, Daniel Gerald Donald Sylvia “Toots”, Betty Joyce Melvin, and John S.

Janice Purvis is survived by her loving husband, John Purvis. Children include John (Anne) Purvis and Kim (Michael). Justin Purvis and Joyce (Jody).

Visitation will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am on Saturday, 25th March 2023. Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery will be the final resting place.