Raymond Peurifoy

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HIGH POINT — On Nov. 5, 2014, The Greatest Generation lost yet another soldier. Pat Peurifoy, age 94 died peacefully at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, where he resided.

Pat resided in Hayworth house where received outstanding care. Prior to living at Pennybryn, Pat lived two years with his daughter Karen and his granddaughter Faith in High Point.

Preceding him in death were his parents, William Clarence Peurifoy and Lillian Jane Scott Peurifoy; his wife, Laura Rebecca Beaver Peurifoy; his son, Raymond Scott Peurifoy; his sister, Elizabeth Peurifoy (Lib); and his three brothers David Peurifoy (Doc), William Peurifoy (Buck), and Robert Peurifoy (Bobby).

Pat was born March 12, 1920 in Concord, where he spent his younger years. He graduated from Concord High School in 1937 where he was president of the senior class and a member of the National Honor Society and the Thespian Society.

On July 4, 1941, he married Laura Rebecca Beaver and they had four children: Rebecca Jean Stearns (Buck) of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Mary Jane West (Mike) of Stokesdale, North Carolina; Raymond Scott Peurifoy (deceased) (Rena) of Chapin, South Carolina; and Karen Elizabeth Chance and her daughter Faith from High Point. At the time of his death, Pat had eight grandchildren: Laura Katharine Harai (Dave) of Pittsburg; David Patterson Stearns (Lori) of Elizabeth City, North Carolina; John Maxwell Stearns (Stacy) of Augusta, Georgia; Jennifer Anne Thomas (Kirt) of Stokesdale, North Carolina; Christopher Michael West (Allyson) of Greensboro; Kelly Lynn Peurifoy Greene (Erich) of Chapin, North Carolina; Andrew Scott Peurifoy of Columbia, South Carolina; and Rebecca Faith Chance (Karen - mother) of High Point. In addition, he had seven great-grandchildren.

In 1943, Pat volunteered for the Army when he heard that other men with children were being drafted. During World War II, he served in the 90th Infantry Division 359th Regiment as part of Patton's third Army in Europe. In the second wave, his Regiment stormed the beaches of Normandy. The 90th Infantry Division marched across Europe, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, and finally reaching Czechoslovakia at the war's end. Pat received all five of the European Battle Stars and the coveted Bronze Star for his dedication, leadership, and bravery.

Pat worked in textiles until his retirement and was plant manager for JP Stevens in Wagram. Pat was an active lay leader at the First United Methodist Church in Laurinburg and was a Sunday School teacher for more than 50 years. He spent countless hours volunteering with different organizations in Scotland County and worked on his last Habitat house at age 90.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22, a Saturday, at Carolina Memorial Park, located off Interstate 85 South at the Concord and Kannapolis exit. Memorials can be made to Habitat of Humanity in Scotland County.

Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2014
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