OBITUARY

John William Puryear

July 14, 1966April 2, 2021

John William Puryear was born on July 14, 1966 and passed away on April 2, 2021 and is under the care of Grand View Funeral Home.

Memorial Service will be held on May 1, 2021 at 10:00 am at Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas.

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Services

1 May

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Grand View Funeral Home

8501 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, Texas 77505

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John William Puryear

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Debrah Ponce

April 13, 2021

When the night instructor had resigned Dr.Puryear stepped up and not only taught the morning, but night class as well. I was a night student during the 2019-2020 class. Although working all day, he still was in the best of moods. We always joked and laughed as he taught us. There came a point I was struggling financially and was going to quit school. He reached out and encouraged me not to, and to this day I can’t thank him enough. He always made sure we understood the assignments and would go an extra step to make sure we were going to pass the PTCE. Rest easy my friend, you made everything possible for your students. Your passion for pharmacy and teaching was greatly shown.

Jerri Jones

April 10, 2021

I was one of Dr. Puryear 1st year student. I began taking his class this pass February and I really learned a lot in this short period of time. He was a very nice guy and I am really going to miss him. He had a loving and kind spirit. My condolence to Dr. Puryear's family.

Michelle Engbrock

April 9, 2021

My name is Michelle Engbrock and my daughter Brie was a student of Dr Puryear this last semester. Dr Puryear was an extraordinary person with a heart bigger than gold. My daughter was autistic and was denied in a different pharmacy tech school. When she started at Pima he took a huge interest in her and he would take her under his wing and make sure she got thru the program. He even connected with me and we had alot of very nice conversations about him and my daughter. I've never seen a teacher so kind as he was. He would call her to encourage her when she was having a difficult day. When she started her extern he personally called daily to make sure she did ok. He gave her a couple of gifts to encourage her and to show her he believed in her! Because of the unique relationship he built with me and my daughter he asked if he could remain part of our lives so he could personally be there if she ever needed something or encouraging. I told him absolutely, so he kind of adopted her. He was actually tutoring her before his passing for her certification test. I would watch them in the classroom at times and they had built such a unique relationship. We would always laugh when she would text him and he would respond...ohhh Brie you know I hate texting because of my fat fingers, but for you I will do it. My daughter drew him a picture and gave it to him last month, he was so very proud and told her that he would put it in a frame and put it close by so he could look at its unique colors and patterns just as her uniqueness. He told me he had put it in his home because it was very special to him. He and I had many conversations about life and how he was so very proud that he had met her and that he would cherish our special friendship. He always went out of his way for anything she needed! He was truly a beautiful soul! Our hearts are broken when we got this devastating news of his passing! He will always have a special place in our hearts!

Nicole Lien Ha

April 9, 2021

I started Dr. Puryear's classes in February 2021. He was such an encouraging teacher. Every assignment I turned was always graded with a encouraging comment/message. I have never had a teacher that was that invested in his students. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the Puryear family. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan Gonzalez

April 9, 2021

Dr. Puryear taught our son, Mike, this past year. He was so good at connecting with students, interested in them. Our son loves phones, so once Dr. Puryear even passed him a phone he used to use! His enthusiasm was contagious, and he conveyed a love of pharmacy. He will be greatly missed.
Joan and Gonzalo Gonzalez

Herlia P.

April 8, 2021

Dear Puryear family,

I am so sorry about Dr. Puryear’s death. He was a truly incredible professor who had such an amazing impact on his students. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for the family. His generosity made me feel as if I can achieve many things in my career and I consider myself lucky to have him as a professor.

I feel devastated knowing I was one of the last person to speak to him on April 2nd. I wanted to let him know that I received a job offer from the compounding pharmacy that he informed me about during my time at Pima Medical Institute. He congratulated me and told me that he would call me later.

Thank you Dr. Puryear for everything. You were the first professor who took notice of my hard work and dedication. If you saw a student struggling, you wouldn’t put them to the side. Because of you I was able to pass my pharmacy technician certification exam.

Please accept my sincerest condolences,

Herlia P.

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