Lawrence Ray Purvis

December 23, 2018

CHARLOTTE - Lawrence Ray Purvis of Charlotte, NC entered his heavenly home on December 23, 2018.  Born October 8, 1934 in Robeson County, NC, he was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys P. Faulk, step-dad, W.G. Faulk, brother, Charles Faulk, and his daughter, Patti Purvis.  He is survived by his lovely wife, Mary Lou Scott Purvis of 62 years, daughter Laura P. Barrett and her husband, Bill, son, Steve Purvis and his wife, Tammy; seven grandchildren, Blake Barrett and wife, Jana, Ashley B. Brookshire and husband, Grayson, Jamie P. Haushalter and husband, Ryan, Garrett Purvis and wife, Ann, Scottie P. Stiles and husband, Travis, Sarah Grace Purvis and Tyler Tran; and nine great-grandchildren, Jackson Haushalter, Harbour Barrett, Colt and Laney Brookshire, Carsyn, Elliot and Taylor Grace Purvis, and Wyatt and Colby Stiles.  Also surviving are brothers, Bruce and Bobby Faulk and sister, Sarah Lynn Faulk.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC and served as a deacon for many years.  Employed for 29 years as office manager with American Crankshaft Co., he later retired in 1999 from Lions Services, Inc.  He enjoyed his family and many friends at First Baptist Church, good southern food and reading books-on-tapes provided by the NC Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped in Raleigh, NC.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson St., Charlotte.  The family will receive friends in the Worship Center Foyer immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or to NC Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 1811 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC  27635.


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  • Roger Agnew

    Mary Lou, I'm so sorry for your loss. Lawrence was a fine man and I will miss him. I did not check the website soon enough and am sorry we missed the service.
    God bless you.

  • Sue. Sischo

    I didn't know about Lawrence until I was looking for someone else. I will be praying for you. He will be missed a lot and know you will. He was always an encourager. Lord bless you.

  • Diane Bivens

    My sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your father.
    May your faith and your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

  • John&Martha Henry

    Mary; We wish to offer our deepest condolences in your loss of such a wonderful man. We sure will miss his birthday calls and smile.

  • Patty and Liz

    You all hold a special place in our hearts. We will miss Lawrence and pray for each of you during this difficult time

  • Karen True

    So very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May you find comfort from your family and friends that love you.

  • Keith Holland

    Lawrence was a wonderful man that will be missed by so many people. Much love to the entire Purvis family. Keith and Karen Holland

  • Jill Williamson

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Purvis was such a good and faithful friend to my parents, especially to my dad after my mom passed away. Praying for peace and comfort for Mrs.Purvis and the whole family.