Brian A. Perry

July 5, 1959October 9, 2020

Brian Albert Perry, age 61, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on October 9th, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia.

Brian was born in Atlanta to the late Charles A. Perry and Betty Stivers Perry on July 5, 1959. Brian attended Woodward Academy through high school and went on to graduate with a degree in Accounting and Business Management from the Terry Business School at the University of Georgia. He was married to Dena for 30 years and together they raised four children - Maggie, Joshua, Abby, and Ted. Brian worked as a Certified Tax Professional, earning the distinction of CMI for his achievement in sales and use tax. He worked at several corporations including his own Perry Tax Service Inc., Georgia Pacific where he worked for 16 years, and later at Gulfstream Aerospace. Brian was a dedicated and supportive father, an avid runner, and an ardent fan of the Georgia Bulldogs. He had an infectious laugh and an endless sense of humor that will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Brian’s strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ was evident in his daily life and served as an example for those in his life to emulate. His legacy of hard work, perseverance in the face of adversity, and valuing family above all else will live on through his children and grandchildren.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Betty Perry.

Brian will be forever remembered by his children Maggie (Shelby), Joshua (Cory), Abby (David), and Ted (Lillian) by his brothers Stan (Charley), Mark and Dean (Linda), and by his grandchildren Audrey, Hailey, Callie, and Barrett.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 17th at H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The service and burial will be attended by family only but the service will be available to stream at or email for more detailed instructions.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program.


  • Brian will be forever remembered by his children Maggie (Shelby), Joshua (Cory), Abby (David), and Ted (Lillian) by his brothers Stan (Charley), Mark and Dean (Linda), and by his grandchildren Audrey, Hailey, Callie, and Barrett.

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  • The service and burial will be attended by family only but the service will be available to stream at or email for more detailed instructions. Thank you so much for reaching out and for your interest in celebrating Brian’s life with us. We are so saddened both by this loss and also the current situation in which we live that prevents us from physically gathering together in his memory at this time. We are grateful for the technology available to us that allows us to share this service with you and thank you for respecting the family’s desire to keep us all safe as we remember Brian together. The service will be live streaming at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17th, 2020. You can access both video and audio through a web browser on a computer or on a mobile device by downloading the free BlueJeans app. You may also access the audio by calling the number provided when clicking the link below on your mobile device. For direct links see below. Thank you again for wanting to honor Brian and celebrate his life with us. Your love and support for him over the years mean so much to us all. With much love and thanks, Maggie, Joshua, Abby, and Ted


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Marie (Ellis) Murdaugh

October 23, 2020

Dear Perry family, I am so sorry for your loss and send my love to you all. I am sorry that I never met Brian's children and grandchildren. I grew up with Brian. We spent a lot of time together when we were preschool age. My family got him involved in ice skating with the Atlanta Figure Skating Club, which he did for many years. Then there was the youth group at North Avenue Pres. and all the fun we had. As others have said, Brian always had a great smile and a great sense of humor! I really lost touch with him in the 1980's, except for reports from Betty Perry to my mom. I loved all those family pictures in the video. Thank you for sharing the link. I will pray for all of you to find comfort through Christ. Love to you all.

David Hayes

October 19, 2020

I had the honor of working with Brian through his position with Gulfstream. He was always more than just a contact, we shared career stories over lunches, talk about our families and our lives beyond the work we shared. I will never forget the impromptu meeting we had across the hood of my car the last time I saw him or all the lunches at B&D Burgers. Though I haven't met his family, I've followed your lives these last few years through his tales and I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was a good man, a dear friend, and he will be missed.

Sharon (Still) Huff

October 17, 2020

My love and prayers to the Perry family. There are far too many amazing memories of Brian and what he meant to me personally to share just one. Something I think was a great gift were his hugs. To this day I have not met anyone that gave a better hug! I know without a doubt he is a beloved child of God and a faithful follower of Jesus. This brings joy knowing we will hear his infectious laughter again!

Maggie Ricker

October 17, 2020

Thank you, Ted, so very much for sharing the beautiful video. The Ricker family is very sorry and saddened by your loss. We have so many wonderful, fun memories of our years together on the cul-de-sac, soccer games, and Intown School. Drew and I watched the Perry kids and ours grow up together. Lots of love and prayers to you all. The Rickers are here if you should need anything.


Janice Plowden

October 17, 2020

I knew Brain both from church (N. Ave Presbyterian) and from school( Woodward Academy). Whenever I think of Brian, I smile. He had such a warm heart, great smile and a genuine interest in others. I remember long talks about important and not important things. I recall seeing him at his Father's funeral a few years ago and talking with him was as if no time had passed. I am so glad that it is not a good bye, but a see you later. I look forward to laughing and sharing with him again in heaven. It was nice to see his beautiful family in pictures. Brian, you touched many lives! And now you will be rewarded!

Carol & Neale Hightower

October 16, 2020

Neale & I appreciated Brian’s leadership & role model for our son Neale Jr. in the NAPC junior high fellowship. It takes a special man to spend his non working hours planning fun events for the kids & keeping their engagement in the church. He was pure hearted fun and love for these kids who have remained in the church and become devoted followers of Jesus. Well done, good & faithful servant! We are praying for & send deepest condolences to every member of the family at this time & for days to come. He will be sorely missed by family & friends.
Through Christ’s mercies, Neale & Carol

John Plowden

October 16, 2020

I knew Brian well. We grew up together at North Avenue Presbyterian Church and spent a lot of time together with the youth group there. Brian, his brother Dean and I worked together for several summers in the mid 70s, taking care of the grounds at several Atlanta-area apartment complexes. His dad was our boss, who worked under another North Avenue family, Buck LeCraw. We stayed in touch periodically over the years. We reconnected at Intown Community Church for a few years in the early 1990s and then my family and I moved out of state. We made a point to keep in touch occasionally after that. Over the past 3-4 years, we have had several long conversations by phone despite the fact that we haven't seen each other in years, as I now live in Kansas. I agree with the others. He had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh and we always enjoyed our time together. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Rev Emily Johnson Kellar

October 16, 2020

I grew up at North Avenue Presbyterian Church with the Perry family. My mother and I also lived around the corner from them on Kayron Drive. Brian used to go often on camping trips to Vogel State Park with my 3 brothers (John, Bill, Jim Hicks) and our family. My mother, Sara Anne Johnson was friends with Brian’s parents. Mother and I both send our deepest sympathies and you all remain in our thoughts and prayers!
Mrs. Sara Anne Johnson
Rev. Emily Johnson Kellar
Mr. John Hicks

Donna Thomas

October 16, 2020

Whenever we think of Brian we think of laughter, he had a great laugh and always had a comment that had us laughing too. With kids growing up together in school, soccer, basketball and lots of other things Brian always made everything fun! We have many great memories that include Brian and the whole Perry family💕

Ted Perry

October 16, 2020

Here is a link to the video made by my sister-in-law, Cory Perry, to honor my dad and reflect on the wonderful life that he lived.


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