December 12, 1925 – July 4, 2013
George Holley Perry, W5LVX, a resident of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, was called home to be with the Lord. After a long battle with Alzheimer's, he passed peacefully on Thursday morning July 4, 2013 at Lane Memorial Hospital. George, 87, was born in Felsenthal, Arkansas on December 12, 1925 and is preceded in death by his parents Ruth Johnson Perry and Carl Perry. George had very fond childhood memories of growing up on his grandparent's farm in Leonard, Oklahoma near Bixby, and being introduced to the trumpet at a young age. He attended Gulfport Military Academy on a full Band Scholarship before beginning his education at Louisiana State University. He also joined the United States Navy where he was assigned to the USS Norris DD-859. He served as a Radio Operator during World War II. In addition to his service, he completed radio operators school, and held a Radio Telephone License. He proudly played the trumpet with the LSU marching band. He was a member of Theta Xi fraternity. He helped to put the LSU FM station WLSU on the air and helped to create LSU's AM station WCLA (now WIBR). With both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, he was a world-traveled engineer with the Ethyl Corporation and retired after 40 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed talking with fellow HAM operators across the globe and tinkering with his radio equipment. He is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Willa Mae Dean Perry. They were married October 5, 1945. Together they have four children: Steve Perry and wife Dianne, of Beaverton, Oregon; Rick Perry and wife Kathy, of Northport, Alabama; Becky Young, of Baton Rouge; and Georgiana "Gigi" Starns and husband Gary, of Greenwell Springs. He is also survived by a grandson Doug Atkins and wife Leah, of Zachary; and numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by three grandchildren: Ricky Lynn Perry, Dylan Perry, and Lacey Perry. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association of Greater Baton Rouge or Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., BR, LA 70806. Visitation will be held on Saturday at Greenoaks Funeral Home from 11am until funeral service at 2pm. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Garrett Atkins, Doug Atkins, Dal Perry, Heath Starns, Eric Strickland, and Jordan Atkins.
- Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2013
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Tom Woltz Sr
July 9, 2013
Mr. Perry sounds just like the kind of man I would have enjoyed calling a brother, Brother Perry. A Theta Xi am I.
LSU '65-'67. God Bless! YITB. Tom Woltz Sr AA792
Cissie (Teed) Broussard
July 7, 2013
He was the best! A real gentleman, father and inspiration to all of us kids growing up in Bellingrath. When it came to radios, TV stereos..he was the one who knew what to do. So many memories..,playing the organ and teaching me along the way..helping me install my 8 track player in my mustang..his laugh and beautiful smile...but most of all his compassion and honesty.
He didn't deserve Alzheimer's...but I know he handled it with as much grace as he could. He will be missed beyond words but he is at peace now...and that's such a meaningful word with Alzheimer.
I learned too late today he had passed to attend the service and so sorry I could not be with all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs.Perry...Steve, Ricky, Becky, Gigi , Doug and all of the grandkids and families. You kids were so blessed to have him for your father and grandfather.
Rest in Peace Mr.Perry...
Much love and tears..God Bless
July 6, 2013
Mr.George was one of a kind, I loved his sense of humor, he always kept me smiling.He was a very intelligent man , kind and caring and loved his family a great deal.He has truly touched my life. I enjoyed being one of your sitters and friend.I'll Miss you Mr.George rest in peace.
Love ya Sandra Hebert
Tom and Sheryle Teed
July 6, 2013
Mr. Perry will be missed so much. We have such fond memories of him, and his family. Our life long neighbor, and friend. Our prayers go out to the family, each and everyone of you.
July 6, 2013
73 old friend, you will be missed.
Buddy Brown - N5BUD
Ms.Strawberri & Mesha Harvey
July 6, 2013
Words can't begin to express the compassion we shared for you. You were so smart and distinguished....everyone just loved you!!! We thank God for the time He allowed us to share with you. You will be truly missed by many. Rest in peace Love always Ms. Strawberri and Mesha
July 5, 2013
He coul mke the T v' s jump off the wall!
Robert an Sandra Struppeck.