CLOVER, S.C. - Dr. Ernest Arch Perry was born April 1, 1918, in Bethlehem, Georgia, the second of four children of Ernest
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Stephens and Ruth Sims Perry.
He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1938 and the Medical College of Georgia in 1943. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army where he served as a medical officer, primarily on the West Coast, working with cases involving PTSD.
After discharge as a captain, Arch settled in Clover in 1946 with his wife, Margaret Darwin of York, who predeceased him in 1995. Dr. Perry es-tablished a family medical practice there, which he maintained for 46 years, retiring in 1992. Doc, as he was affectionately known, was twice named Man of the Year in Clover and the Medical Center there was named for him in 1993.
Arch and Margaret had three daughters, Mary, Kathryn, and Elizabeth, who inherited their parents' love of gardening and reading. Doc was an excellent neighbor, maintaining his yard and garden with enthusiastic diligence. A man of few words, Doc was independent to the end, living alone at his house on Neely Road, enjoying politics, good books and music.
Doc died peacefully at home on April 13. He will be missed by his three daughters, Mary Clark (Culpepper), Stone Mountain, GA, Kathryn Strohl, Clover, SC, Elizabeth DuBose (Ken), Camden, SC, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 209 N. Main Street, Clover, SC.
Memorials may be made to Clover Rescue Squad,
or National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
M. L. Ford & Sons of Clover is serving the family of Dr. Perry.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mlfordsons.com.
M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home
209 North Main Street
Clover, SC 29710
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 17, 2013