James Allen Perry
2 June, 1947 – 3 May, 2021
James Allen Perry passed away on May 3, 2021, in Austin, Texas, just before his 74th birthday.
James, sometimes called Jim, and also affectionately called Allen, dad, uncle, brother and grandpa, was born June 2, 1947, in Gladewater, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Linda Perry, of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Lisa Eaker, her husband John Eaker and granddaughters Emma and Olivia Eaker of Birmingham, Alabama.
James is also survived by his mother, Jewell Perry; his sisters, Dianne Martin, Judy Martin, Sara Martin, and Amy Thompson. He is preceded in death by his father, James Richard Perry; and his sister, Phyllis Burton.
In addition to these family members, James had a number of nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. James graduated from Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas, in 1965 where he played football and was an excellent student. He left Gladewater to serve in the Navy reserves in Austin, Texas, while studying at the University of Texas. He later went on to serve his country as a member of the Navy. He stayed in the Navy until just after his daughter Lisa was born in 1968.
James began a long and successful career working as a computer programmer at the Internal Revenue Service after returning to Austin. His career allowed for frequent travel to US cities like Washington DC, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas but most notably to the country of Turkey, where he worked for two months on a special project with a group of co-workers. He was able to take early retirement after working for the IRS for over 30 years.
One of James’ favorite pastimes was deer hunting. James spent many hours over his lifetime with friends and family, mostly in East Texas during deer hunting season. His favorite deer hunting partner was his father, Richard Perry.
Forever committed to a life of public service, James also enjoyed serving as a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. While he enjoyed the social aspects of the organization, his true joy in being a member of the Elks came from countless hours of community service and the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Later in his life James would serve as a volunteer through the Foundation and VITA where he would be awarded for service in 2006 as a Community Tax Center Hero.
First and foremost, James was a loving husband, grandfather, brother and son. He talked to his mom almost every day and could often be found drinking coffee on his back patio alongside his wife, Linda, watching the bird and deer that were frequent visitors to their property. When it came to his granddaughters, Emma and Olivia, no grandfather could be more proud. His favorite wardrobe pieces were his SMU and Ole Miss t-shirts to share where they attended college. He and his daughter, Lisa, had a bond like no other.
Funeral services will be held on May 13th at 10 am at Cook Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park with Graveside Service following immediately after at 11 am.
- Kevin Prewitt
- John Eaker
- Brandon Thompson
- Zachary Thompson
Celebration of Life
Thursday, 13 May , 2021
Thursday, 13 May , 2021
James Allen Perry
18 May 2021
Condolences from James friends at NARFE Chapter 0228 in Austin. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
James Ploen, president
NARFE Chapter 0228
13 May 2021
Dear Linda ,
I just watched the beautiful tribute to Allen , seeing all the pictures and looking back on so many memories, it truly shows how blessed Allen was in his life. He was loved by so so many and he really lived ... You all have such a beautiful family and I know there will be difficult days ahead but when you have them try & reflect on to the wonderful memories you all made. I do know going down memory lane can be heart wrenching but I can assure you Linda that father time (and sadly it keeps marching on) will help ease your sorrow & sadness. You had told me if we don't hold onto faith then we dont have anything & you were right. I've said this more than once and here it goes again... You will see Allen again, it's not over infact Allen's journey has just begun and we will all get to share & experience that wonderment one day .
I'm sure Allen is watching over all of you now and he's smiling that awesome smile of his.
Sending prayers to you Linda ,Lisa, John and the girls and wanting you to know how much Im thinking of all of you now.
10 May 2021
I have several loving memories of my Uncle Allen. He was definitely a major positive influence in my life. I love you Uncle Allen.
7 May 2021
I went to school with James and knew he and his family well. He had a large family and he loved them dearly. I met his wife a few years ago and sat with them at our 50th reunion.
James did well in life at his work and loving his family. Mary and I are sorry for your loss.
6 May 2021
Linda, Lisa and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was one of a kind. Always smiling, sweet man. Great times at the SPJST in Elgin leaves great memories for all of us!!
Rick and Shae tv Temple
6 May 2021
Allen, you are a Beautiful man..
We have so many fond memories of you...especially your kindness to us . We love you and miss you. Your forever
Rick and Shae.