Robert "Mountain Man" Perry Sr.

June 21, 1940July 26, 2018
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Robert “Mountain Man” Newland Perry, Sr., 78, husband of the late Marlene Perry, passed away on Thursday July 26, 2018, at his home.

Born on June 21, 1940, in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina he was the son of the late John and Ethel Raines Perry. He was a member of Amazing Grace Fellowship Church and was very involved in the community. He worked for Singer Manufacturing for 35 years before his retirement. Mountain Man loved Bluegrass music and played the bucket bass every Wednesday at the Pickens Flea Market. Every Monday night he would hold a “pickin and grinnin” at Perryville; a town he built on his property to host gatherings. He was knowledgeable in moonshine making and donated several moonshine artifacts to the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. He would also participate in the Moonshine Reunion every year as well as Hill Billy Day at Mountain Rest.

Surviving are his four children, Robert Perry, Jr. (Michelle); Kathy Perry, William “Will” Perry (Angela), and Tammy Cox; companion, Sharen Summit; six siblings, Annie Mae Perry, Ralph Perry, Ada Perry, Martha Perry, Jean Perry, and Danny Perry; seven grandchildren, Toby Barnett, Scott Bowie, Christin Cox, Jennie Perry, Josh Perry, Lisa Cox, Brittney Cox, fifteen great-grandchildren and his furry friend, Black Jack.

The family will receive friends on Saturday July 28, 2018, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday July 29, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be private.

The family will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in honor of Mountain Man, 307 Johnson St., Pickens, SC 29671

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, July 29, 2018


Robert "Mountain Man" Perry Sr.

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Bruce Chambers

November 18, 2018

We met Robert Perry the first time we went to Hagood Mill. We wanted to know more about him and his life when he sat down with my wife, my granddaughter, and me. He had lost his wife and his dog was his close companion. He was so considerate and even invited us to his home for his weekly get together for good food and music. After meeting him initially we always looked him up on our visit to Hagood Mill. Unfortunately we never got to go. Last weekend we went to Hagood Mill for the American Indian Festival and that is when we found out Robert had died in July 2018.

Roxie Anderson

August 4, 2018

I met Robert when I was visiting my brother, Ivan Kershner. Ivan and Robert played music together. (Blackjack let me hold him! while they were playing.) I was struck by what a nice, gentle man Robert was. There will be a big hole in the music world. My condolences to his family. Sincerely, Roxie Anderson


August 4, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Robert Perry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was such a kindhearted man and will be missed by all. This is a picture we took of him at Haygood Mill.

Mike & Lori Gould
Antiques & Uniques/Adventure Photography
Pickens, SC

melissa perry

August 4, 2018

This is the day they changed the name of Hagood Mill to Perryville for one day. That sign still hangs in Robert's driveway. We were all so proud.

Rita Boiter

August 1, 2018

I loved this man dearly. He was such a great friend to me in good and hard times .I'm sorry I'm just finding out about this would have love to said good bye .

Cindy Robertson

July 31, 2018

He always put a smile on my face. A genuine people person .He will be missed.

Shirley Norris

July 30, 2018

Always enjoyed seeing Mr. Perry playing the tub bass. He will be greatly missed.

Lela Fye

July 29, 2018

Mr. Perry was truly one of a kind. He always had a smile and a big hug. He will be truly missed by the many people who were lucky to have known him. He was one of the kindest people we ever met and our area has lost a wonderful, giving and gracious man. Rest in Peace, Mr. Perry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Evelyn Sumner

July 29, 2018


steven faucette

July 29, 2018

Here's one of the pics i took of Robert Perry in one of the cabins at Hagood Mill a few years ago.