Charles Atmer Perry, 80, of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday, March 23, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He was born in Palestine on Nov. 25, 1935.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence (Sonny) and Zeffie Williams Perry, son Clint Perry, and brothers Tony Perry and Larry Perry.
Mr. Perry attended Palestine schools and graduated in 1954. Upon graduation, he joined the military and served his country for several years in the Army and Air Force.
Charles attended Air Force Ballistic Missile School, where he graduated top of his class with the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. He then went on to earn his pilot's license. He was a highly experienced pilot, self-motived and dedicated to his love of flying.
Some of his employment positions were with the Palestine Police Department and Missouri-Pacific Railroad as an engineer.
Charles' survivors include daughter Corinne Poole of Palestine, son Philip Perry and wife Jeanne of Elgin; grandsons Justin Pool and Stewart Poole, and wife Jordan, all of Palestine; granddaughter Alyssa Cantrell and husband Jonathon of Bastrop; grandson Ethan Perry of Elgin; great-granddaughter Elisa Poole of Palestine; sister Joan Huffman, brother David Perry and wife JoAnn, all of Palestine, and sister Mary Beth Godwin of Houston.
A memorial/reunion service will be held for family and friends in the dining hall at Texas State Railroad Park in Rusk, Sunday, April 24, 2016, from noon to 5 p.m.
Please RSVP at 903-948-1624 or 903-948-7325; if no answer, please leave voicemail.
Published on April 15, 2016