Tony L. Puryear, son of the late Matthew Puryear Sr. and Annie Smith Puryear, was born on December 21, 1960, in Brunswick County, Virginia. He transitioned from this earthly life on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
During his early life, he was baptized at Jerusalem RZUA Church in Lawrenceville, Virginia, and received his formal education in the public schools of Brunswick County, Virginia.
As a young man, Tony became well-acquainted with the logging business and dedicated over forty years of his life doing what he loved. He also worked with Union Log Homes, later established many businesses of his own, and took on many entrepreneurial endeavors. Some may even call him a “Jack of all trades”.
Tony had many passions: he loved hunting and built his very own hunting club, Big Buck Hunting Club, located in his homeplace of Brunswick County, Virginia. This hunting club was open to everyone and opened many doors for African Americans to be able to hunt in Brunswick County. After ill health prevailed, and he was not able to do the things he used to, Tony still found great joy in being out running dogs with “The Guys” and seeing them post up for the Big Buck. His hobbies didn’t just stop at hunting. Tony also loved baseball! He was an assistant baseball coach at St. Paul College and had his very own Baseball Park in Ante, Virginia. He recruited players from Washington Park and formed a team, the Brodnax Hanky Panky’s. He enjoyed winning and used his own money to purchase uniforms, baseball equipment, and trophies for every child. The legacy Tony leaves in Brunswick County will forever impact those he touched.
In addition to his parents, Tony was proceeded in death by five brothers: Darrell Dean, Melvin, Jerry, Arthur, and Matthew Puryear Jr.; his aunt, Edith Ruffin; and his niece, Teresa Puryear.
He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved and devoted wife, Timaria, whom he affectionately called “Sunshine”; his four children, Timothy, Orlando, Waketa and Samira; three grandchildren, Omarion, Zyeed and Quan; two brothers, David and Brian (Michelle); one sister, Dorothy (Jasper); five stepchildren, Ja’Bef, Raikija, Fahbej, Miota and Omari; two sisters-in-law, Angie and Shavon Puryear; three aunts, Ethel Wilkins (Bobby), Sally Smith and Cheryl Smith; two uncles, Littleton Smith (Doris) and Larry Smith (Ella); a host of nieces and nephews; a special cousin, Linda Puryear-Armstrong; his friend, Bulldog; and many other family and friends.
A wake will be held from 11:00 AM. – 12:00 Noon with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Patillo Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3119 River Road, Henrico, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Dr. Carroll R. Dickens, Sr. will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery.