Jerry W. Purvis, Sr.

 Jerry W. Purvis Sr. died March 8, 2017, at his home. Services were March 11 at Good Hope Baptist Church with burial in Coaltown Cemetery.

Mr. Purvis was a member and music director for Military Baptist Church. He taught special education in the Purvis school system for more than 20 years, before retiring in 2015.

Survivors include his wife, Libby Purvis of Purvis; eight children, Maria and Robert Cook of Wiggins, Mary Ann and David Byrd, Jerry and Jenni Purvis II,  Whitney and Morgan Henderson, all of Purvis, Daniel and Jackie Purvis of Natchez, Adam and Courtney Purvis of Sumrall, Carey and Sarah Tebo of Hattiesburg and Casey Tebo of Purvis; one brother, Billy Purvis of Petal; 16 grandchildren; two great grandchildren.