Jimmy Wilson Perry
April 10, 1935 – September 25, 2020
PERRY, Jimmy W. (1935-2020), 85, of Austin, TX went to be with his beloved Lord and Savior on Friday, September 25th. He was born on April 10, 1935 to Ernest W. and Mildred E. (Friday) Perry. His early years were spent in Austin, before moving to Eldorado, TX where he graduated high school in May 1954. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 15, 1954. He was a fireman aboard the U.S.S. Des Moines, CA-134, a heavy cruiser based out of Norfolk, VA. and attached to the sixth fleet operations in the Mediterranean Sea. While he never saw combat, he and the crew were on stand-by duty awaiting to take civilians out of Beruit, Lebanon during the Suez Canal uprising in 1956. This was also during the Korean conflict which ended January 31, 1955. Jimmy received the National Defense Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the European Occupational Ribbon while in the Navy. He was honorably discharged on December 15, 1962, after serving four years in the Naval reserves. While in the reserves, Jimmy enrolled in T.H. Harris Trade School where he studied drafting which would become his area of expertise in his future career. While visiting his parents in Port Barre, LA. he met his future bride, Bonnie Jean Stoute. They married on April 29, 1959 after only knowing each other for 52 days. For Jimmy, marrying his true love was the greatest moment in his life. They welcomed their first child, Cynthia Renee, in June 1960. They moved to Austin, TX where, in 1961, he began working at the Texas State Highway Department in the Right of Way Division. He worked as a draftsman until his retirement in 1995. During this time, he and Bonnie welcomed their next two children, Douglas Wayne, in January 1962 and Valerie Lynn, in September 1964. In December 1971, the family moved into their newly built home in Southwest Austin (Oak Hill). Jimmy was an avid reader and loved collecting dragons and train sets. He was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He loved making wooden trucks and being outdoors. Jimmy would tell you that the second greatest moment in his life was when his three grandchildren were born. They, Heather Nicole, Justin Scott, and Ashley Lynn, were the light of his life.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest W. and Mildred E. Perry and his beloved son, Douglas Wayne Perry. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 61 years, Bonnie S. Perry, and daughters, Cynthia Renee (Perry) Fairchild and Valerie Lynn and husband, Aaron LePage. He leaves three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Heather Nicole and husband, Jonathon Nance and their children, Evan and Reagan; Justin Scott Fairchild, and Ashley Lynn Frizzell. He also leaves a brother and sister: Jerry D. Perry and wife, Willa, and Patricia J. Rochelle and late husband, William (Bill), as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. David’s South Austin Hospital for their compassion and care of our loved one.
Saturday, October 17, 2020