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PERRY, III, Chester Chester Newton "Pete" Perry, III was born December 8, 1945, in Birmingham, AL, son of the late Chester N. Perry, Jr., of Charleston, SC, who died in 1949, and Caroline Lyons Wood (Mrs. J.M. Fowler). He died at his home on Monday of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). From the age of five, Chester was raised by his mother and stepfather, J.M. "Bunchy" Fowler, in Atlanta, GA, where he attended public schools: R.L. Hope, Sarah Smith, one year at Northside High, and then W.F. Dykes High School, where he graduated in 1963. He went on to receive a Bachelor's in Business Administration & Math from the University of Georgia in 1968, and a Master's in Education from Georgia State University in 1977. Chester served in the Army from 1968 to 1971and was stationed in South Korea. He lived and worked in a number of cities in the West and Midwest, including San Francisco and Chicago, but returned to Atlanta in 1984, where he worked for Aetna as a Claims Adjustor. After his retirement in 1994, he owned and operated a home repair business, Handy Guy, until 2004. Chester loved sports. He grew up playing Little League baseball, football, tennis, and golf. As an adult, he was an avid downhill and cross country skier. For the last 12 years, his focus was on long distance biking. He participated in many regular trips out West, to the Florida Keys, NC Mountains, Tennessee, across the Midwest and Tour de Georgia. Chester greatly enjoyed competing in neighborhood volleyball and holiday basketball games. Chester traveled extensively in this country and throughout Europe, with a special fondness for Italy. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying books on ancient and religious history. For many years, he was a regular at local theater productions and the Atlanta Opera. He was an adventurous spirit, had a great sense of humor, and appreciated food and wine from around the world. Chester was committed to living a green lifestyle and leaving a low carbon footprint. He was an advocate for a better pedestrian environment for Atlanta & was a member of Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS). Chester used his bicycle as his primary mode of transportation. He was a member of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Southern Bicycle League. He was passionate about using public transportation. Chester is survived by his mother, Caroline Fowler of Hendersonville, NC; his dear friend and companion, Dr. Lindi Meadows of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Susan Perry (Nat) Davis of Charleston, SC; Peggy Fowler (Herb) Thornton of Hendersonville, NC; a brother, Mike (Susie) Fowler of Greensboro, NC; seven nieces and nephews and a great-niece and nephew. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 13, at 3:00 p.m. at H.M.Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30319. At a later date, graveside services will be held at Saint Philips Church, Charleston, SC, where he will be buried alongside his father and grandparents. Donations in Chester's name may be made at webga.alsa.org or sent to the ALS Association Georgia Chapter, 1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA, 30329.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 12, 2013
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