OBITUARY

Perley Abraham Epps

March 16, 1941April 30, 2021

Perley A. Epps, 80, of Kingsport, went home to be with the Lord on April 30, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Ruth Epps; daughter, Tina Jeffers; granddaughter, Whitney Jeffers; brothers, Robert Phillips and Jerry Epps; sister, Minnie Manis; mother-in-law, Zella Roberts and father-in-law, John A. Roberts.

Born in Kingsport, he was a member of Bethel Apostolic Church. He loved to be in church and worshiping the Lord.

Perley was a truck driver, working for several trucking companies thru the years, and retiring from Milan Express with an award of logging 1 million safe miles and working on 2 million miles. Perley was a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and a friend to many.

He loved spending time with his family, camping, and riding his motorcycle, which he was a member of the Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of AZUSA Street Riders. His presence will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish Perley’s memory include the love of his life and wife for 60 years, Phyllis (Roberts) Epps; daughters Tamara (Mark) Christian, Myra (Brian) Gray, Beth (Lynn) Keys; ten grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Bethel Apostolic Church; funeral services will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Donnie Tipton officiating.

Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:00am at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of David.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Abraham (Tim) Roberts, Dustin Sutherland, Jacob Roberts, Austin Gray, Preston Jeffers, Jordan Jeffers, Chris Harrell and Brandon Lynch.

Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters, Miranda Harrell, Christina Lynch, and Brittany Sutherland.

  • FAMILY

  • Phyllis Epps, Wife of 60 years
  • Tamara Christian (Mark), Daughter
  • Myra Gray (Brian), Daughter
  • Beth Keys (Lynn), Daughter
  • Ten grandchildren
    Twenty-five great-grandchildren
    Several cousins, nieces and nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Abraham (Tim) Roberts, Pallbearer
  • Dustin Sutherland, Pallbearer
  • Jacob Roberts, Pallbearer
  • Austin Gray, Pallbearer
  • Preston Jeffers, Pallbearer
  • Jordan Jeffers, Pallbearer
  • Chris Harrell, Pallbearer
  • Brandon Lynch, Pallbearer
  • Miranda Harrell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Christina Lynch, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brittany Sutherland, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Recieving of Friends

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Laid To Rest

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Memories

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Larry Dotson

May 11, 2021

Phyllis, Angie and I were so saddened to learn of Perley's passing. We had several great years working together at Milan Express. Perley was always a true gentleman to both his team members and our customers. He was a loyal employee who was on the job everyday and who loved his evening cup of coffee before heading out to Nashville each night. We will always cherish all those good times we had with Perley.

Steve Newland

May 10, 2021

Sorry for your loss.I worked with Perley in 1970 at Schwerman Trucking Company. He helped me a lot and was a good friend. Steve Newland

Gene Osborne

May 10, 2021

Pearly was an outstanding person, a true man of God, whom I really enjoyed talking to and being around. Always enjoyed being in the kitchen with him and Bro Fred and Bro Collins, what great times we enjoyed. These are great memories that I’ll always cherish. Perley truly was Blessed with a great Family, and will surely be missed by all. Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Family.

Michael Street

May 9, 2021

SIS. EPPS , JEAN & I ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT BRO. EPPS PASSING . WE WILL BE PRAYING 🙏 FOR GODS COMFORT & STRENGTH TO BE WITH YOU & THE FAMILY IN THE DAYS THAT LAY HEAD . BRO. EPPS WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT HAD THE PRIVILAGE TO KNOW HIM . HE WAS A PRECIOUS MAN OF GOD. GOD BLESS . 💔

Pam Mooney

May 8, 2021

Perly always made me smile he loved to joke with me , this family is so special to me. They made me a part of their family , took me to church, I gave Phyllis the nickname Richard Petty , her back seat would move back and forth on the way to church and I would hold on for dear life. I dearly love this family Thank you for all the Wanderful memories.

Tim Cormier

May 7, 2021

To Sis. Epps and all the family and friends, we extend to you our deepest sympathies. Bro. Epps was a precious friend to me and to my family through the years. We are saddened by his passing but hope to meet him soon at the Coming of the Lord for His Saints! May you all be comforted by the presence of Jesus during your time of sorrow and grief. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Pastor Tim Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
Bristol, TN

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY