Harmon Purviance III

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 18, 2009

Harmon M. Purviance III
BOYKINS—Harmon Montgomery “Monty” Purviance, died Sept. 14, 2009, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Huntington, Ind., the son of Harmon Montgomery ll and Annetta Whitelock Purviance.
He served four years in the Signal Corp of the United States Army, three of which were over seas, retired from the Bell Laboratory in Murray Hill, New Jersey, in 1984, and was a member of Rockfish Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Purviance was a 32 Degree Mason and was a member of the Scottish Rite of Sommerville, N.J.
He was a avid artist, having operated an art studio in Long Island, New York, and was also known for his local art work.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ninette P. Kirkland and Jean P. Stephenson.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Lesser Purviance; a son, Harmon Montgomery Purviance IV of Bethlehem, Pa.; a daughter, Elizabeth Purviance Pyle of Nellysford; a brother, Samuel Whitelock Purviance of Wakefield; a sister, Mary Futrell of Branchville; and a grandson, William A. Trainor lll.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday at Rockfish Valley Presbyterian Church by the Rev. David Cameron.
Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery with military rites provided by Stuarts Draft VFW Post 9339.
There will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 700 Charlottesville, VA 22911 or to the Cemetery Fund of Rockfish Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 278, Nellysford, VA 22958.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes and Crematory.