Evelyn Reis Perry
J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel
232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Evelyn Reis Perry Charleston - Evelyn Reis Perry, 79, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of Charles Gordon Perry III, entered into eternal rest Friday, June 18, 2021. Her Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc. Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street at 10:00 a.m. Interment, Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday in the Downtown Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Evelyn was born March 9, 1942 in New York, New York, daughter of the late Ludwig Reis and Bertl Wolf Reis. She earned a degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Wisconsin and went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Colombia, South America, developing educational programs. She lived in Mexico for a year helping to organize the 1968 Olympics. In Raleigh, NC, she established ArtSpace, a visual and performing arts center, and later directed a shelter for women who were victims of domestic violence. From 1984, she was the President and CEO of Carolina Sound Communications in North Charleston. She served for decades with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), including seven terms as Chairman of the Leadership Council. She was the founding President of the Lowcountry Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and spent ten years as a member of the Local Advisory Board of BB&T Bank. Evelyn is survived by her sons: David R. Perry of Charleston, SC and Charles G. Perry IV (Susie) of Summerville, SC; granddaughter, Jessica L. Perry; grandson, Reis A. Perry; mother Bertl Reis of Novi, MI and sister, Diane Harnisch of West Bloomfield, MI. Memorials may be made in her name to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org). A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/charleston
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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jun. 19 to Jun. 20, 2021.
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel
232 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel
232 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
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To The Perry Family;
My condolences on the passing of Evelyn. I remember that first time I met her she accompanied Buck (my friend and mentor) on a trip to Californai and came by KNBC to take me to lunch. Her first words to me were "so this is the other women". Buck had shared so many stories about Evelyn with me I felt like I already knew her. Grateful I was able to stop by to see her not too long after Buck's transition.

Peace and Blessings,
Alfajiri McDonald
June 22, 2021
With deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother / your sister/ your child . As Friedan of Evelyn's mother Bertl we have been able to share in the lives of many in your family. We have had the wonderful opportunity to meet Evelyn's grandchildren and her sons - through our friendship with Bertl. Your entire family is dear to us and we hope that you can find peace one day in your loss and that Evelyn is free of all the suffering she has had over these many years. Her obituary shows what an amazing contribution to this world she has graced us with but most of all the greatest of all these many accolades is the kindness in her children and the love they exude for their family -

I am so terribly sorry for the loss of a daughter for our dear friend Bertl - no parent can truly bear the idea of this kind of loss. Praying you are all strong and hold tight to each other - May she Rest In Peace eternally and May each of you be comforted as you navigate the loss of such a good person to this earth !
Lisa Cornfield
June 20, 2021
Evelyn leaves a gaping hole in our hearts, and also in this community. Her life of meaning and purpose is an inspiration to us all. I am honored to have had her life's path cross mine. May her memory and stories of her deeds live forever.
Tony and Debbie Diz
June 20, 2021
David and family, I´m sorry very sorry for the loss of your mom, I´ve enjoyed getting to know her over the past 5 years, I loved doing her hair, I remember the first time I cut her hair short I told her she reminded me of Liza Minnelli, she had the biggest smile on her face tell him I thank you thank you, we built a relationship from there on I will truly miss her, sending prayers for you and your family
Mari Rumple
June 20, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted.
T. D.
June 19, 2021
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