Nearly a Year After Her Husband's Death, Barbara Purvis Reflects With Thanks, LIVINGSTON, June 18, 2008 - On behalf of my beloved husband, Quentin Purvis and myself, I want to thank the Polk County Sheriff's Office (and everyone involved) with all of my heart for the wonderful monetary gift presented to me from the softball tournament that was held on August, 2007 at Pedigo Park on behalf of Quentin Purvis and Phillip Waller. I cannot thank everyone enough for all of the man hours and effort it took to put that event together; and for all the teams that participated along with the individuals and businesses that donated.
I remember when Mike Nettles brought the flier by the house for this fund-raiser, Quentin was so touched that he began to cry and for a few minutes he was rendered speechless or at a loss of words. We were both so deeply moved and overwhelmed by this act of kindness bestowed on his behalf. When Mike left, Quentin, still in awe spoke (and I quote) "I love those boys and cannot believe what they are doing for me;" and prayed that he would be able to be there for the event. As fate would have it, peacefully on August 2nd, God called my beloved Quentin home before this event that he so desperately wanted to attend.
A Christian man, Quentin was proud and strong, but also gentle and tenderhearted. He wasn't a man to raise a hand or his voice and always had a sense of humor, often, "teasing" or "instigating" in the name of fun. He was young at heart and never acted his age. He was a kind spirit having given so much too so many. He never met a stranger and touched the lives and hearts of so many, as they did his.
Those of you that were blessed to know Quentin knew that he to was a "people person" and loved volunteering. He had been committed to the Polk County Peace Officer's Association for many years and found great pleasure working and volunteering in this community. He had served as past president and was currently serving as vice-president. He strongly believed in the association and the need for the different agencies to come together to serve the community as importantly as fellowship between officers.
You can see why one of Quentin's biggest joys was his love for being a peace officer and the unique bond of brotherhood with the various distinguished individuals, old and young, that he worked with for many years. Quentin genuinely loved each of you in his own way but had the greatest pleasure calling you his friend.
I also want to say a special "Thank You" to the officers of who, to this date, have continued to help and assist me, especially Andy Lowrie, Ricky Childers, and Mike Nettles. Once again, I am overwhelmed by your continued thoughtfulness, and I know if Quentin were here today, he would equally be thankful to you by your acts of selflessness that you have shown towards me. I miss Quentin so very deeply, as does his family, friends and community but please find comfort, as I do, in knowing that Quentin is with our Lord. Remember all the good times and treasure the memories you have of him in your hearts.
Quentin has left a wonderful legacy that will be remembered forever. So with this being said: Remember, there will never be another Quentin Purvis. With heartfelt love, respect and admiration to each of you, I thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!
God bless you always and keep you safe,
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