Friends, family remember former constable

Hundreds of friends and law enforcement officers paid their final respects Tuesday to Ricky Purvis.

The 58-year-old former constable for District One in Lamar County died Friday at a Hattiesburg hospital after becoming ill at his home.

Purvis was also a Baptist minister for 24 years, most recently serving as pastor of East Main Baptist Church in Lumberton.

Law enforcement friends from all over South Mississippi joined the processional from First Baptist Church in Purvis to Boone Cemetery.