Christopher Thomas Purvis, 59, son of Myron Purvis and Wendie Johnstone, was born September 4, 1960 at St. Francis Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. He passed away April 14, 2020 in Houston, Missouri.
Chris is preceded in death by his father, Myron Purvis.
He is survived by his wife, Renee of Houston; his son, David (fiancée, Briana) of East Troy, Wisconsin; his daughter, Rebekah of Columbia, Missouri; his mother, Wendie; his three brothers, Ted, Mike, and Scott Purvis; his three sisters: Shereen Brennan (husband Tracy), Joy Carter (husband Rodney), and Carrie Burch (husband Glen); and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Chris spent his early childhood in Hammond, Indiana, and later moved to Cabool, Missouri. He graduated from Cabool High School in 1978.
He married the love of his life, Catherine “Renee” Purvis, July 13, 1985 at First Baptist Church, Houston.
Chris developed a passion for classic cars while he worked at a local body shop after high school. He performed many top-notch restorations of ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s American automobiles. His business evolved from restorations into owning and operating the Dream Car Store in Willow Springs, Missouri, where over the years he bought and sold thousands of muscle cars and American classics. He earned a great respect within the classic car community for his honesty, integrity, and special eye for quality vehicles. Chris frequented many classic car auctions over the years, but he especially loved attending Mecum Collector Car Auctions, where he and Renee were treated like family by the staff and regular attendees.
Chris was a devout Christian and attended Clara Baptist Church. He enjoyed many hobbies throughout his lifetime, but he especially loved American history and traveling the country. He enjoyed movie nights at home, grilling out and visiting with all his “favorite” family members, and just relaxing out on the back porch in his overalls while enjoying watching the wildlife.
He was an incredibly loving husband, father, brother, son, and friend. His compassion and generosity knew no bounds. Chris will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him, but he truly would want all to rejoice as he spends eternity with his Savior in Heaven.
A private family graveside was held Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Wolford Cemetery with Rev. Benny Guard officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were David Purvis, Mike Purvis, Scott Purvis, Don Wells, Glen Burch, Terry Dillard, Kirby Cauldwell, and Rodney Carter.