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Chrisanna Webber Eran

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Purvis passing. I worked as a lifeguard supervisor for the city under Nan, Kathy and Tommy. Some of my best memories of the summer were working at the pool(s) and the beach. Prayers are with the family. <ay you rest in peace

Patsy Richardson

Elizabeth and family. So sorry for your loss of Tommy. Our prayers are with you.

Teresa Vos

Ms. Elizabeth, I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Tommy. He was the sweetest man and I loved him dearly. He always had a smile and encouraging words. My prayers are with you. Love you sweetie!!

Cynthia Rush Mercer

Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. I know my mom thought a lot of Tommy when she worked with him at the Rec Center all those years ago. Sending you and your family prayers during this difficult time.

Dee Dee Thornton

Elizabeth and family I am sorry to hear about Tommy! To me he was a wonderful friendly Fernandina Beach icon! He was so friendly and personable! Praying for you all.

Sara Katherine Russell-Dixon

Dear, Sweet Elizabeth, what a long road this has been for you and Tommy and family; you have truly “fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith” and now he is at peace and rest. But that love the two of you had/ have will be forever! I’ll always remember the afternoon in your front yard when I stopped by and y’all were out; he greeted me and hugged me and then turned toward you and said: “I can’t remember her name but I know I love her!” God will hold all of you in His hands and I shall hold you in my heart and lift you in my prayers! Always…..Sara

Debbie and Ken Ellington

We loved Tommy so much and we have missed seeing his smiling face. We love you Elizabeth and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember we will be here for you and God loves you.

Genie Duggan

My deepest sympathy to the entire family and his many friends. Tommy was such a nice person. I know he will be missed by all who knew him

Susan Childers

Tommy was always warm and welcoming. My heart goes out to his family.

Sherry Moore Chambers

I will always cherish the memories that were made. Thoughts and prayers sent to Elizabeth, Mitch, Matt and family.

Jerry Sinclair

So sorry to hear this, Tommy was a very good friend of mine. We worked together at the city. I know he will be missed by all.

The Thompson Family

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Elizabeth, Mitch and Matt and family. We loved Mr. Purvis and know he is in a better place.

Tommy C. Purvis


Tommy Carroll Purvis, 81, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away on March 28, 2022, after a long battle with dementia. On October 27, 1941, Tommy was born to Georgia Swilley and Thomas Mitchell Purvis. Tommy grew up in Norman Park and Meigs, GA, with his parents and brother Fred. After graduation, he attended ABAC for two years and transferred to Georgia Southern College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation. Tommy married Elizabeth Burns in 1967 and settled in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

After graduation, Tommy began working for the City of Fernandina Beach, eventually filling the city’s Parks and Recreation Director role for more than twenty years. Tommy and Elizabeth raised two sons, Mitch and Matt, in Fernandina Beach.

Tommy loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed golf and horseback riding. Tommy was a generous man who welcomed everyone with a warm smile and a hug. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, taught Sunday School class, and participated in Cursillo for many years.

Tommy leaves behind his wife of fifty-five years, Elizabeth Purvis of Fernandina Beach, his son Mitch (Mandy) Purvis of Fernandina Beach, and his son Matt (Jennifer) Purvis of Knoxville, TN. Tommy loved his grandchildren Matthew, Abigail, and Macy.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Monday, April 4, at 11 AM. A luncheon will immediately follow in Burns Hall after the service.


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