Earl Perry, Sr.

Born: Wed., Dec. 2, 1925
Died: Wed., May 1, 2013


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., May 05, 2013
Location: Adams-Buggs Funeral Service

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., May 06, 2013
Location: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses~ Gadsden

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Earl Perry – Obituary

Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the eyes of Jehovah is the death of his loyal ones”

Earl Perry was born December 2, 1925 in Heiberger, AL to the union of John and Rosena Perry.  His four older siblings James, John Henry, Leslie and Catherine welcomed him and his twin sister Earline.  The family later grew to include younger siblings John Jr., Annie Lee and Douglas.

Although his secular schooling only lasted to the 7th grade, he continued learning on his father’s farm.  His great-grandmother Rosena Thornbuckle was instrumental in teaching him about gardening which instilled in him a love for plants and flowers.  This interest would resurface throughout his personal and professional lifetime.

At 17 years of age, Earl decided to join the US Navy during WWII in hopes of seeing the world.  Well, he got as far as New Jersey where he was stationed for two years.  He received an honorable discharge- then headed to Tuskegee where he completed his education.  He then traveled to the windy city of Chicago, IL to work for the Campbell Soup Company.  He enjoyed the job, but not the weather.

Shortly after returning home, he met and married Hosea Hornbuckle of Marion, AL on April 15, 1947.  Soon thereafter, they welcomed two children Fannie King and Earl Jasper Jr.  Earl eventually moved his family to Gadsden, AL and worked for Coosa Pipe Shop where he lost his left thumb on a piece of machinery.  He recovered well and went on to work for the construction company that taught him the art of stone setting.  This skill led him to Washington, DC where he helped replace stones on both the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, repair steps at the White House and help build the FBI Headquarters.  During that time he also visited Atlanta, GA to participate in the construction of the downtown subway system.

Earl earned a reputation of being a hard worker.  His co-workers also noticed that he was very quiet.  When his boss brought this to his attention that he didn’t talk to anyone, Earl politely replied that he wasn’t paid to talk.  He let his work talk for him.  Little did he know then that he would later use his voice to talk about the greatest work being done around the world!!  This occurred when he accepted a Bible study from his son Earl Perry Jr., then from Willie Anderson and Earl Parnell, Jehovah’s Witnesses, who not only taught him Bible truths but also taught him the art of teaching it.  He made progress and symbolized his dedication to Jehovah by water baptism on May 5, 1984.  Making the ministry top priority, he enjoyed the privilege of conducting Bible studies.  He loved explaining scriptures such as Matthew 6:33 “seeking the kingdom first”; Revelation 7:9-10 “a great crowd which no man was able to number”.  These scriptures and many others kept him focused on the promised new world where no one will say “I am sick” (Isaiah 33:24).

Later in life, he married Mae Berta Hall on December 22, 1996 and eventually the two enjoyed serving Jehovah together.  They were well-known in the community for dressing alike everywhere they went including walking in the Gadsden Mall and eating at their favorite restaurants.

Earl is survived by his wife of 16 years, Mae Berta Perry; one sister, Annie Lee Smith (Alabama); daughter, Fannie K. Perry Cole (Wisconsin); son, Earl J. (Glenda) Perry Jr.; five grandchildren: Earl J. (Lisa) Perry III; Michael A. (Stephanie) Perry; Tammy M. (Randy) Fowler; Demetrius M. Perry Farmer, all of Alabama, Maria A (Eric) Christon (Wisconsin).  Six great-grandsons: Anthony Perry, Andrew Perry, Lamar Perry, Kyle Perry, Gregory Farmer and another expected to arrive in June.  One great grand-daughter Erinn J. Christon, one step-great grandson Kori James.



Visitation will be 6-7p.m Sunday May 5, 2013.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Patricia goines
   Posted Sat May 04, 2013
My family and I are sadden to hear about your loss. Know that we are praying for the Perry family to have endurance and strength to copy with this difficult time.

It's not easy to lose a love-one but the hope of the resurrection make each day easy.

May Jehovah wrap his arms around you with his love and comfort.

The Goines Family

Pat Freeman
   Posted Sun May 19, 2013
Dear Family of Earl Perry, Sr.,
While you are sharing in this great sorrow, please note that the Bible makes this comforting promise: "Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:18). It also assures us: "Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, and he himself will sustain you." (Psalm 55:22). May you find it helpful to pour out your feelings to the God who promises to comfort our hearts.

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