Melvin Leo Perdew

December 16, 1941December 31, 2019

Melvin Leo Perdew, 78, CMSGT Retired, passed away on December 31, 2019 in Fayetteville GA. Born on December 16, 1941 to the late Raymond and Ouida (Ponton) Perdew. Mel was preceeded in Death by his wife Patricia Ann (Emerick) Perdew, His brothers Jake, James, Donnie and Stan. He is survived by his two sisters, Aldine Izat and Wanda Flesher, and sons, Ed (Joy) and Gary (Alma) Perdew. He was a much-loved Pappy to his five grandchildren, Corey, Christopher, Casey, Haley and Kelsey Perdew. “Butch”, as many knew him, served 27 years in the Air Force being stationed at Patrick AFB FL, Selma’s Craig Field, Frankfurt Germany’s Rhein-Main, Homestead AFB and later returning to Alabama and being stationed at Gunter AFB as it was known then. This is where he would retire from the Air Force. He continued working in a civilian role with Harris before moving to work with the State of Alabama.

Friends and family will be received at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home, 10505 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery AL 36117 on Thursday January 9th from 5-7 PM. A graveside inurnment service with military honors will be conducted on Sunday morning at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his honor to any Alzheimer or Lewy Body Dementia charity or organizations of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Graveside Service Sunday, January 12, 2020


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Jean Waggle

January 10, 2020

Butch was a great man and father. One of the kindest individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jimmy Waggle

January 10, 2020

Sorry to learn of Chief Perdew’s passing. I have been friends with his sons, Ed and Gary, for 40 years. Chief Perdew was a man of the highest character who served as a great role model for all us “base boys” in Homestead, FL. He was a great American who will truly be missed!

Frances Augustine

January 5, 2020

So sorry to hear of Butch's passing.
I was only 11 years old when I met his Mom and sisters, Aldine and Wanda. Butch and all of his brothers were Gentleman.
Deeply sharing the grief with his family and friends.

With Sympathy,
Frances Glenn - Augustine