Over the years, Arlie Guthrie and Marvin Purvis lived in several Ray City homes. The house they occupied in the 1940s was situated on the southwest corner of North Street and Bryan Street in Ray City, GA. This residence was just one block north of the home of Hazel Hall and Reid Cox, who were dear friends. Earlier, the Purvises lived in a house on Main Street, where the Coxes boarded with them.
Marvin Purvis was the proprietor of a general merchandise store in Ray City, and Arlie Purvis was a lunchroom lady at the Ray City School.