He was born Feb. 5, 1983, in Atlanta to William M. and Joy R. Purvis. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 87 in Roswell. He graduated from Centennial High School in Roswell in 2001, and Georgia Southern University in 2005, with a BBA in finance.
John was a PADI master scuba diver, and he trained Boy Scouts to scuba dive at BSA Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys. He was a founding father of the Georiga Southern University Chapter of Delta Chi fraternity. John was a financial analyst for Verizon Business, and he was an enthusiastic supporter of the football team of his alma mater. Throughout his battle with cancer, he had a canine assistant dog, Dreamy, who was the delight of John’s life. For five years, John supported and raised money for brain cancer research through the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation’s Race for Research in Atlanta. John touched the lives of many people as a friend and man of deep faith in God.
John is survived by: his parents; his brother, Michael Purvis and wife Courtney of Mauldin, S.C.; two nephews, Tyler and Cory Purvis; his grandmother, Ethel Purvis of Conyers; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lebanon Baptist Church, 11250 Crabapple Road in Roswell, where he was a member. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary, and also after the service. The service will be officiated by Dr. Richard Hester and Dr. Ronnie Hughes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Canine Assistants (memo John Purvis Memorial Fund). Checks can be mailed to 3160 Francis Road, Milton, GA 30004; or donations can be made online at www.canineassistants.org. The family would like to raise enough funds to sponsor the breeding, training and support of one dog through this organization. Send online condolences to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/johnpurvis.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599.
The Clayton Tribune, April 5, 2012