June 19, 1955 - January 11, 2021
George Roger Perry, of Mineral Springs, NC went to heaven on Monday, January 11, 2021. He was at his home, surrounded by his devoted wife, two daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren. His sudden and unexpected passing came as a surprise due to his surviving advanced heart disease, epilepsy, pig-headiness, having 16 heart stents, open heart surgery, congestive heart failure, diastolic heart failure, multiple strokes, restless leg syndrome and extreme stubbornness. He was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 19, 1955 into a close-knit Army family that traveled and lived all over the world. His parents instilled in him morals, principles, and values. His Panamanian mom lovingly referred to him as ‘Gringo’ because of his red hair and fair skin. At the of age of 11 he learned to play the guitar when he saw the Beatles. Seeing the girls scream and cry when they came on stage, he decided this looked like great fun. Music, girls and parties? Yeeeeehhhaaaaaw! He and his best friend Buddy started a band in 1969 when they were in the 7th grade and continued to play together for the next 50 years. He was an incredible musician and song writer who wrote his own lyrics, music, and played the accompanying instruments. He even had a home studio where he recorded his own CD’s. He was co-host on the Ken Linker show, which featured local musical talent and was the #1 rated cable access show for many years. When Ken went to heaven, George took over the show with another one of his best friends, Mike Barbee. Folks from all over the area tuned in not only for the music, but for the jokes and hilarious banter between the two men and their guests. After attending Independence High School in Charlotte, NC (where only 3 teachers took an early retirement after having him as a student), he joined the Coast Guard. After leaving the Coast Guard and 47 jobs later he started his own business Bug-Out Pest Control. He retired after 18 years due to health reasons and even then, Priscilla had to drag him out by his trademark ponytail. He became friends with each and every customer. In George-like fashion he ended up not sending bills to most of them because he said they couldn’t afford it. This is just one example of his big heart. One weekend in 1990 while he and two of his best friends and next-door neighbors, Eddie and Tim were grilling out. George got to thinking about how there wasn’t a holiday to commemorate and honor the working men of America. He declared the 3rd Saturday in September “Men’s Day” and a new annual tradition was born. Of course, the ladies were invited. ”What’s a party without the ladies” he said. This event was held at his home for years until it got so big they had to move it to a private club. Friends traveled from all over America and some even traveled from other countries to attend this yearly celebration. It turned into a reunion for family and friends. He was a good, kind-hearted, hilariously funny and incredible man that lived to entertain and make everyone he came across laugh. George was known for his mesmerizing and entertaining stories about his life experiences with friends and family, which he shared whether you wanted him to or not. He had a knowledge of history and politics that was bigger than all “git” out. He was known for sharing nuggets of wisdom (and common sense), a trait he inherited from his father. He had an unparalleled zest for life and an infectious laugh. From his iconic sounding music and lyrics to his anchoring the Hippy Dippy News Watch, to playing unending amounts of pranks, he taught us the things that mattered most in life was spending time with friends and family. His “Hippy Dippy News Watch” (HDNW), where he told it like it was, became a thorn in the side of the mainstream media. He had many followers and among them was someone who had the ear of President Trump. Not knowing that HDNW wasn’t an official media outlet, this person would let George know that certain viable and important information was being sent to the White House. Funny enough a few days later, this info would come out from Trump in one way or the other. At first, he thought it was a coincidence, but it happened too many times to be a fluke. While we were reading his posts with our morning coffee, another was reading and reporting to the highest office in the USA…and our President was listening! George enjoyed many things. Among those were spinning tales, The Little Rascals, playing his guitar, Woody, NASCAR & Carl Edwards, hanging out with friends, bluegrass, riding his lawnmower Newt, Foghorn Leghorn, Woody, Ford trucks, Andy Griffith reruns, going to batting cages with Becky, Fred Sanford, racing go carts, Woody, President Trump, and above all, his family. He loved nature, trees and animals. His garage was covered in photos of family and friends along with mementos he had been given. At a glance it told the story of what was important in George’s life. George was shocked and then delighted when his nephew, Scott and granddaughter, Kayden dressed up like him for Halloween at different times. He really had no idea of the character he was and the place that he filled in their hearts. Given the clan, there was an instant party at all family gatherings. We celebrated in true Perry fashion every time the family got together, which was often. This included but was not limited to holidays, birthdays, cookouts, Sunday dinner, beach trips, vacations to Panama, visits to the mountains. Basically, where one went the rest of the clan tagged along. There was always room for a friend…or a 100. During his 54 hospital visits George flabbergasted and entertained many nurses with his wheelchair races down the halls and leaving the floor to visit friends. Whenever he was admitted per doctor’s orders, he had a special room reserved directly across from the nurse’s station. The nurses who were familiar with the infamous George Perry would smile and welcome him back. The new ones needed therapy after he was released. He was also known as an escape artist when he didn’t agree with the rules. He would leave the hospital in his hospital gown to walk home with his butt cheeks blowing in the wind. George left us knowing that Lonesome Dove was the best movie ever, (young) Clint Eastwood was the baddest-ass man on the planet and a steak or hamburger wasn’t complete without fries. He taught us that ain’t, reckon, and y’all were proper English. Ford is the only truck worth driving or racing. Brown cows give chocolate milk, clouds were made of cotton candy, it’s okay to eat pets like Arnold the pig because that’s the circle of life. Some of his favorite sayings were, y’all have a splendid day, keep the Lord with you, God Bless, mercy sakes alive, goodness gracious, Lord have mercy, I’m fixin to, bless your heart, if the creek don’t rise, I’m worn slap out, highfalutin, you’re too big for your britches, have a good day, pray for each other, don’t be mess’in with no wild women, be considerate to other folks, don’t be walking on the wrong side of the road, okay din (then), God Bless y’all, dag-gone-it, I’m gonna smack the crap out of you, y’all take care now. He told his daughters every school day as they headed off to school that you can do anything you set your mind to, remember to be somebody. Although George was not a materialistic man, he left behind 105 old bottles, 65 ball caps, a rock collection, Ford car memorabilia, 86 metal & ceramic bugs, 8 remote control cars and 2 racing carts. This is not an ad for a pawn shop but a remembrance of an irritating but loving husband, doting father and adoring grandfather. George is survived by is exceedingly patient wife, Priscilla, who was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during their 43 years of marriage), and who he adoringly referred to as ‘Her Queenship’. He is also survived by his daughter Jessica Perry Stopher and son-in-law Johnathan Stopher, daughter Rebecca Perry, granddaughter Kayden Carver, grandson Diesel Stopher; sister Carolyn Perry McCorkle, brother-in-law Jerry McCorkle, brother-in-law Richard Oliver, sister-in-law Ann Luther Perry; nieces and nephews, Mercedes Oliver Gilbert, Jeff Gilbert, Ryan Oliver, Susannah McCorkle Colvin, Tobias Colvin, Johnathan McCorkle, Shannon Perry, Scott Bragman, Wes Perry, Sarah Gaines Perry, Ross Perry, Stinili Philbrick Perry; grand nieces and nephews Cohen Gilbert, Corbin Gilbert, Leander Colvin, Sutton Colvin, Bryce Carreto, Sage Bragman, Marlowe Bragman, Sydney Perry, Olivia Perry, Jackson Perry; Granny Hawkins, James Lewis, Turnip, Stumpy, his chocolate lab Hoyt and pal Woody. He was preceded in death by his father George Perry Jr., his mother Jessie Worthington Perry, his sister Marsha Perry Oliver, his brother Alan Perry and his forever dog, Deets. George continues to be part of the family in his cosmos urn. Priscilla changes the hat on top daily as well as keeping fresh flowers close by because we all know George did not like to take a bath. Memorial donations in George’s name can be made to your favorite charity or your favorite watering hole. You are instructed to have a drink in his honor while remembering to live life to the fullest, always be thankful for family and friends and tell a few stories about the great George Perry. The family would like to express special and sincere thanks to the Angels at Hospice for their passion, dedication and patience while taking care of him and his family. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him here on Earth. Finally, the family asks that you write your Congressman and ask for a repeal of Day Light Savings Time, which George despised.
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