Born Oct. 12, 1938, he was the son of the late John A. and Grace P. (Gardner) Purvis.
Mr. Purvis was a 1956 graduate of Clayton High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Clayton Baptist Church.
He was an aircraft parts inspector at Detroit Diesel Allisons for 27 years, retiring in 1993.
Survivors include his children, Brenda Purvis Griffith of Clayton, Donald Purvis of Mooresville, and Michael Purvis of Clayton; 11 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Weaver & Randolph Funeral Home in Clayton. Burial will follow at Clayton Cemetery.
Visitation will take place from noon until time of services.
Online condolences may be made at www.weaverandrandolphfuneralhomes.com.