EDWARD LEWIS PERRY

Posted 11/22/19

Edward Lewis Perry, 93, of Liberty, departed this earth on November 16, 2019 at Wesley Long Hospital, surrounded by family.

The family received friends on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 6 to 8 …

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EDWARD LEWIS PERRY

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Edward Lewis Perry, 93, of Liberty, departed this earth on November 16, 2019 at Wesley Long Hospital, surrounded by family.

The family received friends on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Loflin Funeral Home in Liberty.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Loflin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed the service at Fairview Cemetery in Liberty.

Edward was born on a farm in Siler City to Edward G. Perry and Vannie Stout Perry on July 22, 1926. Losing his father early on as an only child, he worked hard on the farm and shared a special relationship with his Uncle Wade Stout Sr. and his cousin, Wade Stout Jr. Despite having to work hard to keep the farm afloat, he never complained, but described a happy childhood of hunting, fishing and the love of his animals. Edward was employed with AT&T (Western Electric) for 41 years before retiring in 1988.

During his early adulthood he loved to go dove and rabbit hunting. He and his beloved wife, Rachel, enjoyed fishing together at the beach and local ponds. Holden Beach was a favorite family vacation spot with children and grandchildren. Dad’s green thumb yielded large quantities of vegetables which he always kindly shared with friends. Growing, canning, drying and juicing tomatoes was his passion. He even made some good Scuppernong wine from his grape wines. Deep fried turkey was his specialty on holidays – much anticipated by his family.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Rachel Crutchfield Perry. Left to cherish his memories are children, Marsha Rosenthal (Gideon) of Greensboro, and Thomas E. Perry (Dannie) of Badin Lake; grandchildren, Dr. Martin G. Rosenthal (Bita) of Tampa, FL, Rachel R. Gell (Mike) of Charlotte; step-granddaughter Crystal Hudson and her son Parks Hughes; great-grandchildren, Caden Edward Gell and Niayesh Mitra Rosenthal. He is also survived by his special cousin, Wade Stout Jr. (Mary), sister-in-law, Peggy Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. Pete, his feline buddy also survives him and was kindly taken in by neighbor, Susie Kivett.

A special thanks to his neighbors and friends Kenneth and William Kivett and their spouses, who brought in meals and assisted him in numerous ways throughout the years.

“Papa” was a kind, gentle and giving person. He always put his family before himself and will be greatly missed, but always remembered in our hearts. To quote Dr. Suess, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Papa gave us much to smile about.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com.

Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty was honored to serve the Perry family.

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