Rev. Enoch J Purvis
August 15, 1919 – September 9, 2017
Enoch J. Purvis, 98, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, September 9 at Magnolia Personal Care Home in New Albany. A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, September 14 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, New Albany. Visitation will be at United Funeral Service Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Hillcrest preceding the service. Burial will be Vista Memorial Gardens.
Born August 15, 1919 in Union County, he is the son of Clarence and Clytee Parker Purvis. He graduated from Buena Vista High School and attended Blue Mountain College. Enoch and Loyce were married in Blue Mountain July 4, 1946–71 years!
Prior to answering the call to ministry, Bro. Purvis served during World War 2 in the Army Air Corp in North Africa and Italy. He was a Master Sargent. Following the war, he was a farmer and was employed by Futorian. He served as pastor of churches in Union, Tippah, and Calhoun Counties. Other areas of pastoral service: Chaplain at Baptist Health New Albany, Chaplain of the local American Legion, and as nursing home volunteer for 25 years. Brother Purvis loved people as demonstrated by his presence in their lives as a pastor.
A member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, he is survived by his wife and partner in ministry, Loyce Reed Purvis, three children: Tommy Purvis, Judy Mengel, and Mike Purvis, 8 grandchildren, 14 great- grandchildren, and sisters: Frances Bailey and Jean Costner.
In honor of Mr. Purvis’ service to his country United Funeral Service will fly the U. S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund.