Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Ralph Wayne Perryman

April 13, 1928July 11, 2019

Ralph W. Perryman passed away on July 11, 2019, at the age of 91 in San Antonio, TX.

He was born in Fort Smith, AR on April 13, 1928 to John A. and Edna Perryman. The family later moved to a farm north of Central City, AR where he was educated in grade school and attended Lavaca High School. He obtained employment at Fort Smith Gas Company in March 1946 and completed high school in 1947 at Fort Smith Senior High where he met his future wife, Patsy Yvonne Bassett.

After high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He was married on January 21, 1949. In April 1950, he was discharged but was recalled to the USMC in November 1950. Shortly after being recalled he was transferred to Korea. He was wounded in battle on April 23, 1951 by both grenade and rifle fire during the Korean War and received medical treatment in Yokosuka, Japan, Oakland Naval Hospital and the Naval Hospital near Memphis, TN. He received a Purple Heart Medal for injuries he sustained during the war. He was discharged from the USMC in April 1952 and returned to Fort Smith. In August 1952, Patsy and Ralph moved to San Antonio, TX. He attended Trinity University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in September 1956. He began his career with State Farm Insurance and was an agent with them for 37 years until he retired in December 1995.

Ralph was kind-spirited and humble. He built wonderful relationships with his policyholders and colleagues and was devoted to his work. He was a member of the Marine Corp League and served as Commandant of the San Antonio division for 1 year. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in San Antonio and belonged to the Methodist Men’s group and Homemakers Sunday School class. His faith, work ethic, commitment to doing things the right way and treating others well will be his legacy. He was a wonderful husband, father and family man.

He was preceded in death by his son, Perry Wayne Perryman in March 2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Bassett Perryman, of 70 years; son, John Carl Perryman; daughter, Lisa Nanette Perryman; daughter-in-law, Cindy Sue Perryman; sisters – Winnie Sullivan, Jean Perryman, Wilma Perryman, Martha Butler and Shirley Poole; brothers – Johnny Perryman and Charles Proctor; grandsons – Jason Chapman, Drew O’Neal and Blake O’Neal; two great-granddaughters, a great grandson and his nephew, Gary Alan Keifer, who was part of Patsy and Ralph’s loving family, living with them for six years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.

A Memorial Service at Edwards Funeral Home will be Wednesday, July 24 at 11:00 AM with interment at the U.S. National Cemetery of Fort Smith. The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, July 23, from 5 – 8 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 24, 2019


  • Burial with United States Marine Corps Honors


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Myrna Lough

July 21, 2019

Ralph was a wonderful man - a true gentleman. He will be missed by all of us in the Uplifters Sunday School Class. We have missed his visits this year so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with Patsy and his family. Myrna Sue Lough