Terry Louis Perry was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on October 29, 1957. He was the son of Joe L. Williams and Mattie Goodloe-Perry. Terry grew up in a loving home filled with an abundance of laughter and love. He was taught the values and virtues of hard work by Joe L. Perry who raised him and loved him as his own son.
Terry was raised in a Christian environment and was a member of Manchester COGIC. He was a 1976 graduate of Arkadelphia High School. He served his country by enlisting the United States Army. Terry was a former employee of Nabholz Construction Company.
He had a giving spirit and never, ever met a stranger. His favorite pastime was playing dominoes and fishing. He was a cattle and hog farmer. He did what he could, when he could to share his love among his family.
Terry was a great friend and always displayed brotherly love. He was a longtime member of the Arabian Knights Society. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. His inviting spirit always made his home a place to hang out and have a great time. Terry was a lover of the blues; his favorite artist was Tyrone Davis and the song "Turn Back the Hands of Time."
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, with his family at his side Terry answered the call that no man can refuse and now rests in the arms of Jesus. He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt, Dorothy Simpson; his uncles, Charlie Perry and Booker T. “Hustler” Perry.
He leaves a legacy of love and his memories will be cherished by his devoted wife, Vera Perry; two children, Katina (DeAndre) Perry Purley and Crystal Perry; his children he loved as his own, Tawana L. Thornton, Mattie Perry, Isaac Perry and Robert White; thirteen grandchildren; four sisters, Diane Williams Lambert, Gladys Williams Brownlee, Trecia Perry and Melanie Perry; six brothers, Joe Perry, Rickey (Marita) Macon, Phillip (Patricia) Perry, Linwood Perry, Darren (Lisa) Perry and Michael Brim; one uncle, Hank Perry and one aunt, Gloria Mitchell; his mother-in-law, Bessie Hart; two sisters-in-law, Regina Hart and Bobbie Hart; seven brothers-in-law, Greg(Bernice) Hart, Ronald Hart, Bobby (Donna) Hart, Michael Hart, Russell Hart, Robert Hart, and Sam(Marie) Hart.
He also leaves a host of cousins; special friends, Rufus Newborn, Rodney Brown, Dennis Williams, the Arabian Knights Society and numerous other friends.
Public visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 9th from 12 noon until 7pm and the family will receive friends from 6-7 pm. The last farewell and tributes to his life will be shared on Saturday, May 10th at 2:00 pm at Mt. Morriah Baptist Church. Rev. J. L. Newborn will preach the message. Interment will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.