Dr. P.C. Purvis
Dr. P.C. Purvis, 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on April 20, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
A celebration of his life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 416 S. Main St., in Fairmont, N.C., 28340.
He will be missed by all who knew him, especially those in his hometown of Fairmont, and most recently at Magnolia Glen in Raleigh. A descendent of four generations of hard-working farmers in Robeson County, Dr. Purvis was born Jan. 9, 1920, in Proctorville, to Ferish F. Purvis and Bessie Henley Purvis. The family moved to Fairmont where Dr. Purvis and his brother, Garran Durwood Purvis, now deceased, were raised.
Dr. Purvis was a retired dentist, practicing in Fairmont for more than 50 years. He did his predental studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his D.D.S from Atlanta Southern Dental College (later Emory University) in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, he met the love of his life, Peggy Haynie of Decatur, Ga., and they married in 1944. He was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. Before entering the armed services, he served on the faculty of the dental school. Dr. Purvis was a veteran of World War II and was recalled to active duty in the Korean War where he was attached to the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune in the Dental Corps. Earning the rank of commander in the U.S. Naval Dental Corps, he remained an active member of the Naval Dental Reserves for 26 years.
During his private practice of dentistry in Fairmont, he was active in the leadership of the North Carolina State Dental Society, serving as president of the Fourth District and vice president of the North Carolina State Dental Society in 1976 to 1977. He served on the Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial committees. In 1978, Dr. Purvis was selected as a fellow in the American College of Dentists and in 1979 a fellow in the International College of Dentists. He was a life member of the North Carolina Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the Southern Academy of Oral Surgery, the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentistry, and the UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association.
After practicing dentistry for several years in Fairmont, he saw the need for bringing orthodontics to Robeson County. In 1952 he attended the Dover School of Orthodontics in New York and added orthodontics to his practice for the next 20 years.
His community service included being a member of the Fairmont Rotary Club for 28 years and a trustee of the Fairmont City Schools for 10 years. He served on the Campbell University Board of Trustees for more than 32 years, serving on the Education and Investment committees and receiving the honor of Life Trustee. He and his wife, Peggy, had a long-term vision for the beautification of the campus at Campbell University and established the Purvis Gardens, now a campus landmark. He and his wife created a living endowment scholarship in 1982, to benefit students attending Campbell from Robeson County.
He was active in the First Baptist Church in Fairmont, serving as a deacon for 40 years, chairman of the board of deacons, Sunday School director, and director of the Adult II Department for 15 years. Dr. Purvis also was a Mason for 56 years, having completed the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite and was a member of the Fairmont Shrine Club.
After he retired, Dr. Purvis continued his interest in higher education, landscaping, gardening, dentistry, his former patients, watching the Tar Heels, and enjoying his beach home. He provided leadership in the medical and health services for South Robeson, serving as president of the South Robeson Medical Scholarship Fund and director of the South Robeson Medical Development Corporation. His greatest pleasure in retirement was traveling and enjoying events in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He instilled in them many moral and leadership values that they will always carry with them.
He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother, Garran.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy Haynie Purvis, a native of Decatur, and his children, Judith Purvis Williams, Thomas Haynie Purvis and wife, Sable Skeens Purvis, and Blair Henley Purvis, and wife, Janet Bender Purvis. He is also survived by grandchildren, Hunter Williams and wife Sallie, Emily Williams King and husband, Scott, James Thomas Purvis, and Kelly Purvis Edwards and husband, Jamie. Dr. Purvis also is survived by great-grandchildren, Walker McMillan Williams, Sarah Grayson Williams, Finley Addison King, Ethan Thomas Edwards, Cameron James Edwards, and Hannah Elizabeth Edwards.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Sinden and the staff at Raleigh Cardiology and Associates, the staff at Wake Med Heart Center, and the staff of Wellcare Home Health for their compassionate care for Dr. P.C.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today in their home at 901 Dogwood Drive, Fairmont.
The visitation also will be held after the memorial in the church sanctuary.
Memorials may be made to the Peggy and P.C. Purvis Scholarship at Campbell University or to the First Baptist Church in Fairmont.
Online condolences may be made at www.floydmortuary.net.
Juanita “Nit” Chavis, better known as “Granny,” of Lumberton, was born April 24, 1937, and won her lifelong struggle on April 19, 2012, at 5:25 a.m. with her family surrounding her bed.
The funeral will be held 3 p.m Sunday at Saddletree Church of God, Bishop Kenneth Lockler, and the Revs. Jimmy Hammonds and Jimmy Locklear officiating. Burial will follow in Oxendine Cemetery on Oak Grove Church Road.
In addition to her parents the late Henry and Addie Oxendine, she was preceded in death by her husband, Huey Chavis; two brothers, Luther Thomas and Henry “Peter” Oxendine; and a sister, Vergie Locklear.
She is survived by a son, Ricky Chavis Sr. and daughter-in-law Janice R. Locklear; a daughter, Gwen Scott and husband Leroy Jr.; two brothers, Herbert Oxendine of Baltimore and Hudell Oxendine of Greer, S.C.; three sisters, Dora Lee Burns, Dottie Oxendine and Allie Ree Carver of Greenville, S.C. She raised her grandson, Ricky Chavis Jr and granddaughter, Katara Chavis, as well as two great-granddaughters as her own, Christina and Cayla Chavis, both residing in the home with her; three other devoted grandchildren, Nikki Chavis, Kristy Scott and Kesha Hunt; six great-grandchildren, Anthony Carter, Destiny Chavis, Ricky Chavis III, Tinera Hunt, Kedra Scott and Kendall Chavis; a special CNA, Schnelle Brayboy; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She retired from the Public Schools of Robeson County in 1993. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, seek-and-find puzzles and Fox News. Most importantly, she was a one-woman army, a force to be reckoned with. She was passionate about what she believed in and let no one or nothing stop her. She loved like no other and will be greatly missed by all. Today she has made it home and rest in the arms of Jesus.
Special thanks to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Southeastern Hospice House, Carolina Kidney Care, Caring Touch Home Health and AMR Transport Team.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Saddletree Church of God on Rennert Road, Lumberton.
Arrangements by Revels Funeral Home in Lumberton.
Bonnie Scott, 74, of 42 Chad Drive, died April 19, 2012, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Union Chapel Community Church in Pembroke. Burial will follow in the Oxendine Cemetery in Pembroke.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Scott; a daughter, Nicole Scott; and her sister, Mary E. Bullard.
She is survived by six sons, Johnny Scott of Rowland, and Bobby Joe, Jack, Marty, Willie Paul, and Chad Scott, all of Pembroke; six daughters, Teresa Oxendine Scott of Pembroke, Kathy Jacobs of Ashville, Cindy Scott of Maxton, and Eve Scott, Heather Scott, and Beatrice Thomas, all of Pembroke; two brothers, Joe Brooks and Eugene Brooks, both of Pembroke; three sisters, Berteen Maynor, Nora Barton and Faye Brooks Trester, all of Pembroke; and a host of relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends 7 to 9 tonight at Revels Funeral Home in Pembroke.
Johnny Duncan Webb, 68, of Parkton, died April 19, 2012.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Parkton Baptist Church in Parkton. Burial will follow in Parkton Cemetery.
Surviving are three sisters, Carol Price, Clara Webb and Geraldine Lassiter.
The visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Pinecrest Funeral and Cremation Services in Hope Mills.
Johnny Ross Jr.
Johnny Lesley Ross Jr., 46, of Fairmont, died April 18, 2012, at Duke Medical Center in Durham.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Harvest Church of The Assembly of God Church Cemetery in Raynham.
Surviving are four sons, Matthew Ross of Lumberton, and Nicholas Ross, Johnny Ross Jr., and Jeremiah Ross, all of Fairmont; three daughters, Jessica Hunt of Florence, S.C., Amanda Ross of Lumberton and Miranda Hunt of Fairmont; two brothers, Gregory Hammonds of Fairmont and Jeffery Hammonds of Spring Lake; a sister, Sherry Hammonds of Fairmont; six grandchildren.
The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Floyd Funeral Services in Fairmont.
Deborah Ann Pevia, 46, of Lumberton, died April 16, 2012, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be 7 p.m. tonight at Revels Funeral Home Chapel in Lumberton, the Rev. Jack Murray officiating.
Surviving are a son, Ellison Brothers of Lumberton; two daughters, Cierra Young and Talia Bullard of Lumberton; a brother, Michael Wadsworth of Baltimore; two sisters, Thelma Wadsworth and Donna Wadsworth of Baltimore; and a grandson.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Revels Funeral Home.
Ialor Ross-Floyd, 75, of 104 Samuel Drive, died April 14, 2012, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. today at St. Joseph Learning Center in Red Springs, Apostle Anthony Buie and Elder Carl Core officiating. Burial will follow in Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs.
Surviving are sons, James Haywood, Linwood Ross, Herbert Haywood, George Floyd, and Walter Floyd, all of Red Springs, and Anthony Floyd of Lumberton; daughters, Delilah Monroe, Abigail Floyd, Victoria Floyd and Roslyn Floyd, all of Red Springs; and a brother, Roy Ross of Red Springs.
Arrangements by L.E. Floyd Funeral Home in Red Springs.
James Daniel “Daniel Boone” Floyd, 70, of 384 Pine St., died April 11, 2012, at Duke Medical Center in Durham.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Rennert, Eldress Earlene Quick and the Rev. James Emanuel officiating. Burial will follow in Community Rest Cemetery in Red Springs.
Surviving are sons, James Floyd Jr. of Washington, D.C., Ronnie McLean of Red Springs, and James McMillan of Rennert; brothers, Neil Floyd of Washington, William Floyd of Red Springs, Arthur Floyd of East Point, Ga., and David Floyd of Rennert; and sisters, Annie Manuel of Fayetteville and Patricia Bates of Petersburg, Va.
Arrangements by L.E. Floyd Funeral Home in Red Springs.