John William Perdew

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    - Alison Gibson
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PERDEW, John William JOHN WILLIAM PERDEW John William Perdew was born on March 22, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. John was the first of three children born to Philip Perdew (Iowa) and Ruth Sevier Perdew (California). John and his two sisters Phyllis and Jeananne were reared in Denver, Colorado where Phil Perdew worked as a professor at the University of Denver, and Ruth was a piano teacher. John attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After completing his junior year at Harvard, John decided to join the civil rights movement. He volunteered to work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in southwest Georgia and in particular in Americus, Georgia. In Americus, John met another civil rights activist, Amanda Bowens, to whom he proposed marriage. Because the couple belonged to different races, they were forced to marry in Colorado where it was legal. After the birth of their first child, Natasha, John and Amanda moved to Massachusetts so that John could finish his studies at Harvard. In 1968, John and Amanda were blessed with the birth of their son, Glen Perdew. Later in life, John married Patricia Perry Perdew, who was also a Civil Rights worker. They were married by their friend and renowned Civil Rights leader, Charles Sherrod, who started the youth movement in Albany, Georgia. John and Patricia produced a play, Education of a Harvard Guy , written by Dr. Curtis Williams based on John's experiences in Americus and southwest Georgia. John was also an avid gardener and doting grandfather. Memorial Service for Mr. John William Perdew of Atlanta, Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:00AM; Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta. Rev. Dan James, III and Rev. Grady Caldwell, Officiating. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Chapel at 10:45AM. A Celebration of Life Program will also be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 1:00PM across from 510 Muse St. SW Atlanta, 30310 between Lucile and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, prior to the Westview Summer Solstice. He is survived by his mother (age 101); his wife, Patricia; his sisters, Phyllis Ward and Jeananne Fields (Howard); daughter, Natasha Silas (Kendal); son, Glen Perdew (Monica); stepdaughter, Dara Perry-Scott (Theodore); stepdaughter, Michele Perry-Stewart (Steven); nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brother-in-laws, Rev. Dan James III (Elaine) and Rev. Donnie James; a sister-in-law, Hattie Bellamy; a special nephew, Bruce Reid, and a host of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the John Perdew Legacy Project, which will continue the work of social justice, community development, and urban farming with John's vision for his life of wanting to make a difference. Donation should be forwarded to 1606 South Gordon St. SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310. 404.758.1731

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from June 18 to June 19, 2014
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