Billy A. Purvis

July 17, 1930 ‒ March 18, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Billy A. Purvis, formerly of The Waterford, passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from Brethren Care in Ashland. He was 89.

Born July 17, 1930, in Bucyrus to parents Wilbur and Geneva (Underwood) Purvis, he was graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1948 and attended Ohio Banking School at Ohio University.

He lived in Marion until 1959 when he moved to Mansfield to accept a position as assistant manager of Albers Super Market. Bill retired as Vice President of Accounting in 1996 with 31 years of service with Richland Bank.

On October 12, 1952, he was married to Barbara J. Brewer at Trinity Baptist Church in Marion by the Rev. Dr.  J. B. Holloway.

Bill was an active member of Park Avenue Baptist Church for 50 years (he served as Treasurer for 30 years), and only recently became a member of Diamond Hills Baptist Church.

Well-liked by the community, his hobbies included reading history, gardening, model railroading, and model building. He was a member of the Mansfield Kiwanis Club for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Barbara; their children Susan (Jeff) Rohal of Cary, NC and Steven (Kelly) Purvis of Bailey Lakes; granddaughters Alyssa (Joe) Santoli, Brette Purvis (Jacob Cook), and Jenna Purvis. Bill dearly loved his family and did everything possible to help them, especially his dear wife.

He was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles.

Private funeral services will be held for his family, including burial in Grand Prairie Cemetery in Marion County officiated by Rev. Chris Thomas. A public memorial service will be planned for July. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral plans and will live stream the service on their Facebook page 11 am Monday, March 23, 2020. Please only attend in-person if you have received an invitation. The graveside service is open to all, and the estimated arrival time is 12:45 pm.

Contributions in his memory to Diamond Hills Baptist Church or LifeCare Hospice may be directed to the funeral home: PO Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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  • Barb, Sue, Jeff, Steve, Kelly, and family – you know my heart goes out to you all. Bill was such a special man. Take comfort in knowing he’s at peace. Love, Nora

  • Sorry to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss Steve! I remember you talking about your father quite a bit at school. My thoughts are with you and Kelly and the rest of your family.

  • Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were close to your dad and his passing is hard on all your family.
    Sending sympathy and prayers to all. John and Zonna Harriett

  • Darrell and I are so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Darrell and Karen Phillips
    Overland Park KS

  • Sue and Jeff and Steve and Kelly…… I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at the loss of your Father. He was certainly a friendly neighbor years back when we lived close by. My last visit with them was very enjoyable, just remembering old times, lots of laughs! My sympathy to your Mother as well. Carlene Gaubatz.

  • Sue and Jeff, we are so sorry about your Dad’s death. Please extend our condolences to your Mother, Steve and Kelly and the girls. Your Dad was such a kind , gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace. Becky and Ed

  • I am very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Blessings, Nadine Daugherty

  • Steve, I was very sad to learn of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Carl & Sharon Gerbasi

  • Purvis family, so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I will relay this to my parents, Don and Peg Wyatt. They also valued your friendship throughout the years. Love to all of you. Debbie Snavely (daughter of the Wyatt’s)

  • Dear Sue and Jeff, when I heard the news and knowing what you went through the days prior, my heart ached. I feel I know your family from all the stories of the wonderful times you’ve had. I send my deepest condolences. Please give your Mother and nieces a hug, guess hugs are currently forbidden, tell them I send my sympathy. Glad you have your family around you. If there’s anything I can do for you, know I am here.

  • Dear Barb and family, so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked 15 years for Bill at the bank. He was a great understanding and caring boss. I remember he was so proud of his daughter and son and becoming a grandpa.
    Our sympathy,
    Margaret and Larry Rieman

  • To all the Purvis family, Paul and I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your mom and all your family at this hard time. God bless you all!

  • To all the Purvis family, Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your mom and all your family at this hard time. God bless you all!

  • Very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father, Steve.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your entire family. Sounds like he lived a good life and was loved by many!

    Peace be with all of you as you mourn his loss yet celebrate his life.

    Todd & Pam Studer

  • Dear Sue and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Although we never met, through Sue’s well told family stories I feel like I almost knew him. He was a beautiful man who lived a beautiful life and in much better times! God bless you all and may your Father rest in peace.

  • Sue and Jeff, I am so very sad to learn of your Dad’s passing. I know he was much loved and had a good family who truly cared for him. May you and all his loved ones find comfort in warm memories of your Dad.

  • Barb, I am so happy that I got to see Billy so often this last year while visiting Mom. You two were such an amazing couple. And an inspiration to others. He will be so missed, but he is now painfree. And living the good life with God.. Fondly, Mark an Debbie (Zernis) Billesbach..

  • Barb, Steve, Kelly, Sue, Jeff and grandchildren: I am so saddened by Bill’s passing. I loved him and Barb so much. I am grateful to Jesus for bringing us together. Condolences and prayers to all of you. God bless.

  • Dear Barbara, My heart goes out to you in your loss of Bill. I’m very sorry. I’m glad I got to see both of you when I was in Mansfield last October. I will continue to visit you when I come to Mansfield the next time.
    With love,
    Jill Flores

  • Dear Barb, I know your heart is broken. My sincerest condolences – please let your memories of those 67 years bring you comfort and joy.

    You will remain on my prayer list – may the Peace of the Lord be with you and your family, Much love, Wilma.

  • Barbara and family,
    Sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy.

    Carolyn Underwood Eckert

  • Sue and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad. I know how hard it must be for you with all the other issues going on right now. Love all the stories through the years and keep all those memories in the months ahead. Been thinking a Lot about you and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Purvis family,
    I worked for your father at Richland Bank. When I moved to Michigan, he wrote me a glowing referral and added “if you decide not to hire her, please send her back to us”. I’ve always remembered his kind words.
    My prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

  • Sue and family,
    Deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Purvis family. I will always remember Bill, his beautiful gardens, and his love for his family. May God be with you during this difficult time. Beth & Bernie Davis

  • Sue, Jeff, and the Purvis family,
    So sorry for your loss. I had only a few opportunities to spend time with Mr. Purvis while visiting Ohio with Sue, however, it didn’t take very long for me to realize what a wonderful, loving man he was. I will be thinking of your family and praying for you during this difficult time. Hold tight to the many wonderful memories that you all have shared together.

  • To the Purvis family,

    We extend to you our deepest sympathy. I have wonderful memories from Park Avenue Baptist Church. Your friendship with my mom and dad (Art and LaRue) was very special. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Randy and Joan (Keppler) Hubler

  • Steve,

    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Barb, my heart goes out to you in this sad time. Bill was a very nice man. Thoughts and prayers, Evelyn Tadder

  • Bill was my first boss at Richland bank. He was always kind and helpful. God bless you all. May God’s lovung arms comfort you all.

  • Barb and family. We are extremely sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We both have a lot of memories of him, and Barb. Peg Ritchie, Chuck Birmelin.

  • Mr. Purvis and family I am so sorry for the kids of a great man praying for your family in this difficult time. Megan McFarland