Marvin and Arlie Purvis

 

Ray City home of Guy Marvin Purvis and Arlie Guthrie Purvis on the southeast corner of Main Street and Park Street, Ray City, GA.

Ray City home of Guy Marvin Purvis and Arlie Guthrie Purvis on the southeast corner of Main Street and Park Street, Ray City, GA.

Marvin and Arlie Purvis lived in this Ray City home from the 1920s to about 1942.

Marvin and Arlie Purvis lived in this Ray City home from the 1920s to about 1942.

Ray City home of Marvin and Arlie Purvis

Ray City home of Marvin and Arlie Purvis

Guy Marvin Purvis (1899-1975) was a merchant of Ray City, Ga. He was a son of Mary Brantley and Lee Arnold Purvis. For about 20 years he owned Purvis Grocery Store in the town.  His wife, Arlie Guthrie Purvis (1890-1976), was a sister of Effie Guthrie KnightJohn Guthrie, Sam Guthrie.

The Purvises lived in the house on the southeast corner of Main and Park streets. They had a nice houseful of furniture, dining room set, bedroom set in the master bedroom, iron beds in the other rooms. They had a nice little spool-leg dropleaf dinette set in the kitchen. In 1930 they had a radio, which was a rare thing in Ray City in those days. There were only eight radio sets within the city limits, the other owners being James A. Grissett, John D. Luke, Henry Swindle, Walter Altman, John Simpkins, Joseph Johnson and Fannie Parks.  The average cost of a radio in 1929 was around $139 dollars. In terms of comparable “affordability” for an average person in today’s dollars (2010 index) this would be like making a $7,600 purchase (relative worth based on nominal GDP per capita index – see MeasuringWorth.com). The house had a back porch and an outhouse at the very back of the lot.

Behind this house was the farm of Perry Swindle. Mr. Swindle and his wife Cynthia “Cynthy” Swindle.Perry Swindle had a large open truck and hauled goods and animals and people, too. He provided an annual excursion for the Ray City School students to Twin Lakes, GA.

By about 1941 Marvin could no longer make a go of it operating his Ray City store. Right after the Purvises lost the store, they moved about half a mile south on Park Street to live  with Arlie’s sister, Effie Guthrie Knight, for a few months. This was right before WWII and Marvin got a temporary job helping to build the bridge over Beaverdam Creek. He was probably making more money at this job than he had made for quite some time in his failing store. Some of the other Ray City men working on road construction were Cranford P. Bennett, Edwin L. Mobley, Oscar H. Scarborough, and Clementine Mikell.

After a short while Marvin & Arlie Purvis moved into town where they rented some rooms.  They were living in an apartment that had been partitioned off a part of the home of Mrs. Nancy Mobley on North Street. Mrs. Mobley was a widow and  had living with her in the main part of the house her daughter and son-in-law Eloise Williams Johnson and Bernard L. Johnson, and Eloise’s half sister Doris Mobley. Eloise was a teacher at the Ray City School.

Arlie Purvis made a little money baby sitting Jack Patten, son of Mabel Edith Cook and Thomas Penland Patten.

Later Marvin and Arlie moved across the street to live in the house on the southwest corner of North Street and Bryan Street in Ray City, GA.

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A Shower for Frances Clements

Frances Clements, 1939 high school photo,  Ray City, GA

Frances Clements, 1939 high school photo, Ray City, GA

An old Valdosta Daily Times newspaper clipping tells about the time the women of Ray City, GA threw a shower for Frances Clements, soon to be wed to Lawrence Carter of Valdosta.  The hostesses for the occasion were Mrs. Yance Carter, Bertie Moore, Dora Bradford, Inez Purvis, Mrs. Jim Paulk,  Gladys Knight, Hazel Bradham, Cynthia Swindle, Mrs. J.H. Swindle, Mrs. W.R. McClure, all of Ray City, GA and the groom’s mother, Bertie Carter, of Valdosta.

Frances Clements was the daughter of Hod P. Clements (Hosea Peeples Clements) and Alma Florence May.  She was the sister of Mildred Lorene Clements and James Herman Clements.

    Miss Frances Clements, bride elect, was the inspiration of a miscellaneous shower Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. E. M. Knight, prior to her marriage to Mr. Lawrence Carter of this city [Valdosta, Ga].
    This attractive home was thrown en suite for the occasion and bouquets of mixed garden flowers were used to advantage in the living room. The attractively appointed refreshment table was overlaid with a white cutwork cloth, and was centered was an erpegne, a gift from Germany. Dainty white flowers encircled the punch bowl which was flanked by candelabra holding white tapers. Crystal platters held a variety of sandwiches, dainty sweets and tidbits.
    Punch was served by Mrs. Peggy Carter, Mrs. Bill Bradham, Mrs. Jim Paulk, and Mrs. Leon Bradford.
    The brides’ book was kept by Mrs. Mildred Moore, sister of the bride to be.
    For this event the future bride was attired in green. Complementing her costume were brown accessories with a corsage of talisman roses.
    Hostesses for this occasion were: Mrs. Y. F. Carter, Mrs. F.C. Moore, Mrs. Leon Bradford, Mrs. G.L. Webb, Mrs. H. P. Giddens, Mrs. Bill Bradham, Mrs. Artis Purvis, Mrs. Jim Paulk, Mrs. E.M. Knight, Mrs. G. P. Swindle, Mrs. J.H. Swindle, Mrs. L.L. Carter, Mrs. W.R. McClure.

After marriage, Frances Clements and Lawrence Carter built this homeon Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA.  At the time of construction,  the home was located on the outskirts of the town.

After marriage, Frances Clements and Lawrence Carter built this home on Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA. At the time of construction, the home was located on the outskirts of the town.

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