James Luke Perry, 78, of Fredericksburg passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Greenfield Senior Living of Spotsylvania.
Jim was born in Honey Bee, Kentucky in 1936. As a United States Marine and Vietnam veteran, he served his country for 20 years. He then went to work for the federal government and retired after 40 years of total service. Jim loved his United States Marine Corps, his country, his family, golfing, hunting, fishing with his lifelong friend David Brooks, gardening with his grandchildren and spending time with his beloved dogs. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sylvia Perry; daughters Donna Perry and Rebecca Perry Patrick (Timothey), grandchildren Jaimee Miller (Sgt. Jacob), Tyler Reynolds, Luke Patrick, and Ainsley Patrick, and great-grandsons Perryn Miller and Rayner Miller. He is also survived by brothers Virgil Lee Higginbotham, Roscoe Higginbotham (Linda), Noah Higginbotham (Claudia), and Gerald Ray Perry; and sisters Daisy Herrington, Elsie Faye Lutes, Delorsie Walters (Raleigh); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his Marine Corps brother, Jesse Beavon.
He is predeceased by his daughter, Lesa Ann Perry; his father, Morgan Perry; his mother, Mandy Perry Higginbotham; his stepfather, Ancil Higginbotham; his siblings, Clarence Higginbothan, Herbert Higginbotham, Elizabeth Hicks, Addie Mae Perry, Gracie Higginbotham, Leander Higginbotham, Clifton Higginbotham, Albert Higginbotham, Mintford Carlis Higginbothan, Rama Dean Frantz and Gola Jane Floyd.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors.