Joe Henry Purviance
  • 73 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 19, 1940
  • Date of passing: Jun 18, 2013
Let the memory of Joe be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joe Purviance, 73, born on March 19, 1940 and passed away on June 18, 2013. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mary Dee on 19th March 2015

"Joe enjoyed a fabulous wife, three lovely daughters, and a bevy of grandchildren. Surely he is watching from a distance as his family grows and prospers. One day you will all be together again to laugh and talk about all the good times. Joe, I hardly knew ya but I heard constantly about you from those who knew you well. Keep smiling, wherever you are. You did good...;))"

This tribute was added by glen holloway on 18th June 2014

"I thought about my best friend several times today, Jack, Doug,Joe and I were all on the west coast at the same time, you all probably do not remember the "Chucka Bear" but Joe and I roomed togetherfor several years.  On my last visit to the "Ranch" in Smith county, we stayed up all night talking about our great adventures and Jack, Doug, an many old friends, Joe was very special,a great Dad, Husband and friend to many. I think of him often, and find myself trying to call him then realizing he is no longer with us. God bless all of you and thank god for the time we had with Joe.  Love Glen"

This tribute was added by Joey Visceglie on 23rd July 2013

"I was planning on seeing Joe in August...What a shock!! He was a dear friend...He nicknamed me Tank...which stuck to this day...He will be missed...He bought my daughter her first blankie...I'll always remember you Joe!
Joe Visceglie"

This tribute was added by Doug Johnson on 2nd July 2013

"Mimi, Gigi, Bonnie and Linda. You are in my thoughts and in my heart. I know what a wonderful person Joe was and how much you will all miss him. Doug"

This tribute was added by Doug Johnson on 2nd July 2013

"The time that Joe, Jack Wilson and I spent working in the piano and organ business was very special also. No matter where we were located we all stayed in close touch and it always felt so good to have that bond. Vicki the matter regarding the "chicken" in the tacos was never confirmed by Joe, but there is no doubt in my mind that he did it. He got great joy out of tricking me."

This tribute was added by Doug Johnson on 2nd July 2013

""Joe and I were very close friends for over 40 years. During that time we shared apartments and homes off and on for many years too. We had hundreds of conversations about every subject possible. Those discussions were priceless to me and now mean even more. It gives me deep satisfaction to think back on those special talks. I will miss you so much Joe.""

This tribute was added by Leonard de Klerk on 1st July 2013

"Thank you for treating me like a son. I will miss stopping in Raleigh, our conversations, your humor, and walking the fence with our coffee mugs in hand. Farewell. Your son in law. Lenny"

This tribute was added by Buzz de klerk on 30th June 2013

"I will always miss Papa Snooky. He was an awesome, nice and funny grandfather.  I love him and he will always be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Carl de Klerk on 30th June 2013

"Joe was a good friend.  I will miss sitting with him, drinking coffee, smoking, and talking about every topic under the sun.  We tried to figure out so many things, and I'm sorry we won't have the chance to do that any more."

This tribute was added by Vicki Wilson on 29th June 2013

"Joe P for years fooled his roommate in L. A. - The Shuffler - with picking up "chicken tacos" and The Shuffler hates chicken and would say, "make sure it is pork, I can't eat chicken".  My husband (Jack Wilson) was with him one time and Joe ordered the chicken - he told Jack, "I have been doing this for years, and he eats every bit of it"..."

This tribute was added by Jack Wilson on 29th June 2013

"Joe and I were close friends for over 42 years.  He held a special place in my life and I will always remember the good times that we shared.  My wife, youngest son and I record old songs as a hobby in our home recording studio.  We recorded this song and then did a video as a tribute to Joe's life. Copy & paste this link in your browser:"

This tribute was added by Beebe Bruckner on 29th June 2013

"I am so sorry to lose Joe.  He was such a special athlete in high school and was a very kind man.  He brought me honey when riding with the Hart's to our CHS Christmas party.  I will always remember those curls.  Rest in peace and love.  My thoughts are with Joe's family and loved ones."

This tribute was added by Giselle Ballesteros on 28th June 2013

"More from Jimmy Baker, fellow PIKE:
And how did you know Joe was running? You could HEAR him.  His expanded breath sounded kinda like a big piece of bacon frying in a pan as he came up the track, legs and knees pumping."

This tribute was added by Giselle Ballesteros on 28th June 2013

"From Jimmy Baker, a fellow PIKE:
Back around 1954 I played football against and ran track against Joe. To say Joe left an imprint on me would be both a physical and a mental understatement. Joe was the biggest and fastest guy I 'd ever come in contact with at that time.  Muscles and speed to burn. EVERYBODY stopped and watched the 100-yard dash when Joe was running."

This tribute was added by Ann Hart on 28th June 2013

"Our hearts go out to Bonnie and the family of our WONDERFUL FRIEND, Joe Purviance.  We really enjoyed Joe visiting with us when he came to see Bonnie.  We will miss Joe tremendously.
Ann Wade Hart and David Hart"

This tribute was added by Giselle Ballesteros on 28th June 2013

"Relayed from Luther R. Boyd:
Joe Purviance was a big guy, but a gentle one.  I knew him at Southern.  He and I shared a fraternity: PIKE.
Often we boxed, and he was most often the winner. I enjoyed being his friend.  Even though time passed and we grew apart, I will miss him as if it were yesterday."

This tribute was added by Frankie Mitchell on 28th June 2013

"My husband, Rev. Jerry Mitchell and I were not only classmates of Joe's, but my husband was the United Methodist pastor at the Double Church in Raleigh, which was his mother's family church.  This was his first church to pastor while a student at Millsaps.  They were a very special family to us.  Prayers for all his family."

This tribute was added by Suzyn Price on 27th June 2013

"Sending my condolences with Mimi, Gigi, Bonnie, Linda and their families and all of his friends and extended family. He lived his life wholly and with joy. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you.

Suzyn (Moore) Price"

This tribute was added by Vicki Wilson on 27th June 2013

"When Alex was 2 years old, Joe bought him a four wheeler for Xmas, and there we were with small items, and Joe marches in with Alex's first motorized item - it was $99 way back in 1984 - He WAS a teddy bear.  He kept in touch with Jack and I about every month for the last several years by phone and He was "The Hussy to whom I am speaking"... We loved him dearly..."

This tribute was added by Vicki Wilson on 27th June 2013

"He talked constantly of "his girls" - we would follow their young lives through Joe talking about Linda and the girls!  He loved his family.  When he would visit he would drive us nuts in the middle of the night grinding that coffee and smoking - he loved his coffee.  And "Well Ah, Well Ah, Well Ah would be the beginning of some of his sentences when he was thinking before he spoke..."

This tribute was added by Vicki Wilson on 27th June 2013

"He would visit us when he lived in L. A. and we would ride around the county to try and entertain my young son (Alex) - Joe would come visit for the weekends and feed Alex from his plate as Alex rolled around in his walker and we were not looking.  We could never get Alex to talk on the phone when he began to talk and his very first words on the phone were "JOE P - EAT"... When Joe called."

This tribute was added by Vicki Wilson on 27th June 2013

"I really don't know where to start.  Joe was a very important part of my husband's early work career, and he became a member of the three amigos (Snookie was Joe, Shuffler was G. Douglas Johnson, and The Squire was my husband, Jack Wilson).... and since there is limited space, I will do several tributes.  He was a very important part of my son's early years in San Diego CA"

This tribute was added by Ron Martin, Captain USN (Ret) on 26th June 2013

"Joe was many things in my college life.. one on "MY" PKA Pledges, later a very close Fraternity Brother and dear friend who was also a roommate after he returned from the Berlin call-up..Later one of my groomsmen in Jordan's and my wedding. A big kind Teddy Bear with a huge heart and constant smile..He will be sore missed..God Speed J"

This tribute was added by Kristine Thorsen on 25th June 2013

"Although I met Joe only a few times in Evanston, he always impressed me as an affable paterfamilias, who cared deeply about his family and their welfare--to the extent of making a special trip to Innsbruck, Austria to give his blessing for Linda's year abroad with the girls.  I know that all of you will miss him and want to extend my condolences to the entire family.  With deepest sympathy"

This tribute was added by Linda Hoff on 24th June 2013

"Thank goodness we had our FIRST family reunion 6 months ago! Thanks to him I have 3 wonderful daughters, 6 fabulous granddaughters, one super grandson, and one adorable great-granddaughter, not to mention a Ph.D. that probably no other husband would have enabled me to get, plus an awesome year in Innsbruck with our three daughters back in 1980 and all those trips to Europe he won for us!"

This tribute was added by MIgnon de Klerk on 22nd June 2013

"A wonderful father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  We will keep you in our hearts forever, Dad.  Love you, Mimi"

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