Michael William "Mike" Purvis, age 55 of Manchester, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the Warm Srings Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday March 2, 2012, at the Chapel of Manchester First Baptist Church, with Frank Bowden and Wesley Tyus officiating. Interment will follow in Meriwether Memory Gardens, with the following serving as pallbearers; Bubba Fishburne, Scott Bartlett, Charlie Crowder, Chet McInvale, Seth McInvale, Daniel Smith, David Mullis and Mike Key.
Visitation will be prior to the service, from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. Friday at Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Home in Manchester.
Mike was born April 3, 1956, at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Argentia, Newfoundland, the son of the late William D. Purvis and Frances Wall Purvis. He was a 1974 graduate of Manchester High School and played on the Manchester Blue Devil Football Team throughout his high school years. He played on both the offensive and defensive lines and was the team kicker. After his school years, he continued to be an ardent fan and supporter of the Blue Devil Football Team. He attended college at Georgia Southwestern, Southern Tech, Columbus College, and was a member of Manchester First Baptist Church. Mike gained many friends over the years, especially during his employment at various area businesses, among those places being Flint Facilities Maintenance, Harris County Public Works, Meadows Motors and Woodbury Hardware. He was an avid outdoorsman and forester, loved hunting, fishing, and gardening, and had "a fine affinity for fins, feathers and fur". Among his many specialities and likeable traits he will long be remembered for his cooking, especially his Brunswick Stew, and for the hospitality and love extended to his family and many friends.
Survivors include his sister, Linda Johnston and her husband Stephen of Pine Mountain Valley, Ga.; his brother, Steve Purvis and his wife Cheryl of Appling, Ga.; a nephew, Ben Purvis and his wife Kristin of Statesboro, Ga.; two nieces, Lane Tyus and her husband Wesley of Hamilton, Ga., and Paige Bowden and her husband Frank of Columbus, Ga.; two great-nephews, Cam and Cade Tyus; also numerous extended family members.
Flowers will be accepted or those who desire may make memorial contributions to The National Wild Turkey Federation, NWTF Development Department, P. O. Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824. Also, in appreciation for the love and care shown to the family by Columbus Hospice during the illness of his mother, Mrs. Frances W. Purvis, those who desire may make contributions in memory of Mike to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Rd. Columbus, Ga. 31909.
Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Home, Manchester, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.