Kind words from Vice Mayor about David Purvis: business advocate/leader, ‘good man’ who passed

Earlier this week the Farragut community lost a good man with the passing of David Purvis. David dedicated a great deal of his time to making our community a better place to live and to do business.

As the owner of a small business in Farragut, David worked with other small business owners to advocate for changes to language in the Town’s ordinances that was making it difficult for businesses to be successful in Farragut. From that advocacy, the Farragut Business Alliance was formed.

While the initial goal of the FBA was to advocate for businesses, it evolved to hosting community events so our businesses could gain exposure.

David remained involved with what is now known as the “Shop Farragut” program and saw it grow to become a part of the economic development network for Town of Farragut.

I had the privilege of serving with David and saw a man who believed so strongly in the Farragut community and our potential. He was a strong advocate in the effort to attract new business to our community, traveling to the annual ICSC conference in Las Vegas for several years as part of an economic development team to provide to developers a Farragut business owner’s perspective.

I will miss David’s wise counsel and insight. I will miss his occasional “check-ins” to see how things are going, but mostly I will miss his sharp wit and kindness.

The Farragut community has indeed lost a good man with the passing of David Purvis.

Vice Mayor Louise Povlin

Town of Farragut