Perry "Wayne" DeWayne McCullum Sr.

September 5, 1947January 25, 2019
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Perry DeWayne “Wayne” McCullum Sr. was called home Friday, January 25, 2019. Wayne was born September 5, 1947 in Fernwood, Mississippi to Emma Patterson. He was the oldest of six children. He graduated in 1967 from Ava Gardner High School, McComb, Mississippi. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 and served in Vietnam as a civil engineer. He served four years and was honorably discharged.

Wayne worked as a laborer for Chrylser for 30 years before retiring. Upon retiring, he enjoyed fishing and camping with his wife, Shirley (Brown). Wayne and Shirley joined in holy matrimony on April 23, 1994, and were married for 24 years. Wayne was an avid sports fan and a big Colts and Pacers fan. He enjoyed spending time at the ballpark watching his grandkids, who affectionately called him Paw Paw.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley McCullum; his five children, Perry (Carla) McCullum Jr. of Kokomo, Indiana; Michael Stewart of Sarasota, Florida; Tyra (Tohonn) Young of Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacqueline (Antoine) Johnson of Kokomo, Indiana; Shauna (Lawrence) Yarbrough of Syracuse, Utah; 21 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, James (Janeen) Patterson of Kokomo, Indiana; Danny (Fran) Patterson of Kokomo, Indiana; Regina Ellis of Dayton, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife, Deborah McCullum, son, Reginald McCullum, daughter, Natasha McCullum, father, James Patterson, mother, Emma Patterson, sister, Betty McKelvin, and brother, Ricky Patterson.

There will be a public visitation for Wayne held at Strait Gate Ministry Church (312 E. North St., Kokomo, Indiana 46901) on Saturday, February 2nd from 11-1, with a funeral service immediately following.


  • James Patterson, Father
  • Emma Patterson, Mother
  • Deborah McCullum, Wife
  • Shirley McCullum, Wife
  • Perry McCullum Jr, Son
  • Michael Stewart, Son
  • Tyra Young, Daughter
  • Jacqueline Johnson, Daughter
  • Shauna Yarbrough, Daughter
  • Reginald McCullum, Son
  • Natasha McCullum, Daughter
  • James Patterson, Brother
  • Danny Patterson, Brother
  • Regina Ellis, Sister
  • Betty McKelvin, Sister
  • Ricky Patterson, Brother
  • Wayne also leaves 21 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews to cherish his memory

  • Lawrence Yarbrough
  • Michael Stewart Jr.
  • Marcus Patterson
  • Michael Ellis
  • Dillon Rush
  • Jheri Ellis


  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2019

Perry "Wayne" DeWayne McCullum Sr.

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Lisa Williams

January 31, 2019

I'm so very sorry for your loss, losing those we love is the hardest thing we have to experience, may you find comfort in beautiful memories and Jesus words, john, 5:28, 29



In the song of life, Perry DeWayne McCullum Sr. was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Wayne preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Wayne believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Wayne perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

Wayne was born to Emma McCullum, who later married James Patterson, and he raised Wayne as his son. Wayne was raised in McComb, Mississippi. As a young child, Wayne was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Wayne rarely called attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

Early on in his family relationships, Wayne showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with six siblings. He had three brothers, James Patterson, Danny Patterson, and Ricky Patterson; and two sisters, Regina Ellis and Betty McKelvin. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

As he was growing up, Wayne developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Wayne liked concrete things. Growing up, Wayne took part in football. However, to Wayne, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in his school years, Wayne showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Wayne with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. His passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even his teachers recognized it. He graduated from Ava Gardner High School in 1967. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Wayne had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. Wayne’s first marriage was to Deborah Ann McCullum, and she preceded Wayne in passing. Wayne was married to Shirley Brown on April 23, 1994. Wayne exchanged wedding vows with Shirley Jean Brown at the Disciples of Christ Church of Kokomo, Indiana.

Wayne was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his children. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his laid-back nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Wayne was blessed with three children from his first marriage and four children from his second marriage. The children from his first marriage were two sons, Perry Jr and Reginald, and daughter, Natasha. From his second marriage, Wayne had a son, Michael, and daughters, Tyra, Jacqueline, and Shauna. They were also blessed with 21 grandchildren, Paris, Perry III, Tiana, Lakesha, Quanisha, Damia, Zoey, Michael Jr, McKayla, Zien, Amarian, Zius, Mekhi, Aviana, Caymen, Jazzmine, Lawrence Jr, Trinnity, Xiyah, Destiny, and Jacklyn.

Wayne found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was a laborer working countless hours to provide for his family. He was employed by Chrysler for 30 years. Wayne was a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

Wayne was an Army veteran, and saw action in Vietnam. Wayne’s fellow soldiers saw him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Wayne enjoyed his leisure time by sitting in the ball stand watching his grandchildren play ball be it football, baseball or softball. Wayne was their biggest fan. When he wasn’t at the ballfield, he was content to sit in “his” chair watching whatever sporting events were on for the day. He was notorious for flipping between networks to ensure he wouldn’t miss any highlights. His family knew that if they wanted to spend anytime with him that they would have to endure whatever sport was on or old classic western.

Wayne was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. He was always certain to have a four-legged companion as a member of the household. One of Wayne’s favorites was Magic, a 6-year-old chihuahua. Wherever Wayne was, there was Magic.

When Wayne’s retirement finally arrived in 2004, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spending time with his family and he enjoyed camping and fishing. Even in retirement, Wayne continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of his life, he selflessly took care of his ailing mother until her passing. He visited her daily and attended to her needs to ensure she was comforted.

Wayne passed away on January 25, 2019 at his home in Kokomo, Indiana from a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Perry, and Michael; daughters, Tyra, Jacqueline, and Shauna; siblings, James Patterson, Danny Patterson, and Regina Ellis. Services were held at Strait Gate Ministries. Wayne was laid to rest in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana.

Wayne was a good man, a kind man, and a selfless man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Wayne always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Wayne was a faithful, loving and funny person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Perry DeWayne McCullum Sr.