Betty Lorene Johns Purvis was born on August 5, 1927 in Brunswick, GA and died on December 11, 2020 at her home in St. Marys. Her parents were Oscar and Lutrell Beck. Lorene lived in Brunswick, graduated from Glynn Academy, and worked for Southern Bell in Brunswick.
She married Daniel Lee Purvis on November 7, 1947. They lived in Brunswick, but moved to St. Mary’s when Lee began working at Gilman Paper Company. A few years later, they moved to Charleston, TN for Lee to work at Bowaters Paper Company. Lee was killed in an auto accident in June 1957, and Lorene returned to St. Marys to live. Lorene worked at Gilman Hospital and at Westside Baptist Church in St. Marys as the church secretary. In 1964, she started working at Gilman Paper Company as a secretary in the lab office for over 25 years. She retired in 1989. After retiring, she spent time helping her family and friends, and was very involved in the church.
Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her oldest daughter, Sandra Purvis Coleman.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Bill) Kuhns of Maryland and Peggy (Chuck) DuBose of St. Marys; her grandchildren, Chad DuBose and Dana (Derek) Bellisle, all of Kingsland, Ashley (Sean) LaFlam of Vermont, Kristen Kuhns (Jeff Naquin) of Texas, William Kuhns, III of Virginia, and Lauren (Chris) Hamblen of Florida; and her great-grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, Loren James, Brody DuBose, Brady DuBose, Landen Bellisle, Wesley Bellisle, Maddox Bellisle, Abigail LaFlam, Tucker LaFlam, Ethan LaFlam, Alyssa Hamblen, and Joseph Hamblen; her great-great-grandchildren, Carter Wood and Braylee Wood; her sister, Faye (Reggie) Walters of St. Marys; her nieces, Vickie (David) Dixon and Kathy (Carl) Walters; along with many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A visitation was held Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held Monday, December 14, 2020 at Westside Baptist Church, with Pastor James Roberson officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys. Her grandsons, Chad DuBose and Derek Bellisle and her nephew, David Dixon served as Pallbearers.
Donations in Mrs. Purvis’ memory can be made to Westside Baptist Church, 201 S. Dandy St. St. Marys, GA 31558 or to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Rd. Suite 103 Brunswick, Ga. 31520
Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga. was entrusted with Ms. Purvis’ arrangements.