Obituary of Derrick Griffin Purvey, Sr.
Mr. Derrick Griffin Purvey, Sr. age 51, of Owings Mills, transitioned Friday, May 10, 2019 at home. Mr. Purvey was born July 23, 1967 in Baltimore, MD. He was married to Mrs. Monica Mercadel-Purvey.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Purvey, Sr. will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Chapel of Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD (21133), where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with services to follow. The interment will be private.
Derrick Griffin Purvey, Sr. was born on July 23, 1967 to the union of Donald E. & Thelma Griffin Purvey in Baltimore, Maryland. He was called home suddenly at the age of 51, on Friday, May 10, 2019 in Owings Mills, Maryland. He was baptized at an early age and in 2014 he joined Church of the Redeemed of the Lord under Bishop Jerome Stokes. Derrick received his primary education at Grove Park and Chase Elementary schools and began high school at Mt. Carmel High School and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1985. Following school, he began his career of employment as a diligent worker. For several years Derrick worked for the City of Baltimore in the Department of Public Works Sanitation Enforcement. He then became a successful entrepreneur as a business owner in diverse enterprises. He was co-owner of Centurion Executive Protection and Investigation, where he was contracted to bodyguard actors such as Angelina Jolie (Salt), John Travolta (Ladder 49) and Common (LUV). One of Derrick's many gifts was acting: he played a role in Dodge City and "Big Guy" in the acclaimed hit television show, The Wire.
Derrick was a racing enthusiast. His love for racing began as a little boy when he visited the racetrack with his father. Derrick promoted many racing events such as "Street Outlaws at the Hill" and "Street Outlaws invade the Beach". He was a trendsetter and had the innate ability to make things happen. Derrick managed several racers from the show, Street Outlaws. He was recently featured on the DMV episode of Street Outlaws of Memphis with world renowned JJ Da Boss.
Derrick was a generous, humorous, and dedicated soul who loved people. His smile was contagious. "Big Derrick" as he was known, walked the walk, talked the talk and raced the race. Everything he did came from the heart. Not only did he enjoy racing, he was an avid football fan, and represented both the Baltimore Ravens and Alabama University Crimson Tide. He also loved the Golden State Warriors basketball team which he looked forward to watching with his wife.
Derrick was preceded into glory by his mother, Thelma Griffin Purvey. He is survived by his loving wife, Monica; children: Derrick, Jr. & Kheddiar Purvey, Commia (Warren) Max-Browne; Theron, II, Trenton and Trevor Mercadel; grandchildren: Camaya, Warren, Jr, and Eustace "Ace" Max-Browne; his devoted father Donald Purvey & Sheila Gayles; Siblings Donna Purvey & Eric Gayles; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe & Mary Lewis of Dothan Alabama; siblings-in-law: Jerome & Rhonda Marshall of Stone Mountain, Georgia and Cynthia Lewis Lunn of Atlanta, Georgia. He will be missed dearly missed by a host of other family and friends.