CHARLES PRIEST, JR.
Charles Priest Perry, Jr. passed peacefully on April 14, 2014 surrounded by family at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. Born August 11, 1932 at the family homestead near Melrose, FL. Charles was a long-time Florida resident retiring in the same community he was born and raised in.
He is survived by Jean, his wife of 61 years, his sons, Charles III and Joseph, daughters-in-law, Terry and Janet, son-in-law, Anthony Whitworth, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Charles is predeceased by his daughter, Cathy Jean Perry Whitworth, sister, Emily Perry Lee, and parents C. Priest Perry, Sr. and Beulah Roberson Perry.
Charles was many things to many people in his life. Son, brother, high school football star, US Navy Sailor, lineman, husband, father, entrepreneur, Certified Master Watchmaker, grandfather (aka Papa), UGA fan, Civitan Club President, gentleman farmer, and great-grandfather.
He will be remembered most as a reluctant hero. A man that embraced a debilitating disability and inspired many with the strength of his unwavering faith, the depth of his courage and the silent resolve of his courage. He will be remembered for his warm smile and kind heart.
Services will be held at the Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights on Friday, April 18 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Interment services will follow at the Perry Family Section in the Eliam Baptist Cemetery in Melrose, FL. Arrangements are under the care of Moring Funeral Home, Melrose, FL.
Moring Funeral Home
310 State Road 26 Melrose, FL 32666
Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2014