Obituary Listings

Andrea Purvis

November 25, 1957 April 16, 2018
Andrea Purvis
There are condolences waiting approval on Andrea's Tribute wall
Obituary for Andrea Purvis

DURHAM: Andrea Purvis, age 60, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born November 25, 1957 in Hazleton, PA, the daughter of the late William Purvis and the late Barbara Yanick Purvis. Andrea grew up in Bowman’s Town, PA. She was predeceased by her husband of 14 years, Diskin Clay.

She graduated from Palmerton High School, obtained a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in 1977, a Bachelor’s Degree in 1983 from the University of Kansas and a PhD in Classical Studies from Duke University in 1998. Her publications include Singular Dedications, The Landmark Herodotus and Four Island Utopias (with Diskin Clay).

She is survived by her brother, William “Billy” Purvis; nephew, Cody Steffens; best friend, Brigitte and faithful companion, Beau. Andrea loved to garden and write. Please plant a special flower in your garden as a remembrance to Andrea. Memorial donation may be made in her memory to Hock Family Pavilion, 4321 Medical Park Dr, Ste 101, Durham, NC 27704. Andrea wishes to thank all the hospice staff and her faithful neighbors who helped her during her final days.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Send condolences online to

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Andrea Purvis, please visit our Tribute Store.

Memorial Contribution

Hock Family Pavilion


Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Andrea Purvis

Thank you for sharing your
memory of Andrea

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.