CHARLESTON - Jesse Robert Perry, 78, died at 5:40 p.m. March 22, 2005, at his residence in Charleston.
Born March 7, 1927, in Senath to the late Charles William and Flora Parlimon Perry, he moved to Vanduser as a young boy residing there until joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. During his service in World War II as a Seabee, his division was at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Following the war, he moved to Charleston and began farming. A charter member of the Southside Baptist Church, he served as a Sunday school teacher and 53 years as a deacon. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol Unit in Sikeston for several years, an avid deer hunter and a successful fisherman spending 33 winters in Okeechobee, Fla., doing just that.
On Oct. 20, 1946, he married Olga Mae Watson, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are: one son and daughter-in-law, Jesse Robert and Liz Perry II of Farmington; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sondra and Phil Thomas of Upland, Calif., and Denise and Tom Daughhetee and Linda and Rocky Walker of Charleston; seven grandsons, Thomas Gideon of St. Louis, Christopher Gideon of St. Charles, Adam and Caleb Daughhetee of Charleston, Jesse Perry III of Cape Girardeau, Joel Perry of Farmington and Rocky Walker II of Charleston; two granddaughters, Jennifer Jessen of Louisville, Ky., and Christie Rochelle Mueller of Jackson; two great-grandsons, Rocky "Trey" Walker III of Charleston and Ramzy Gideon of St. Charles; six great-
granddaughters, Natalie, Brianna and Makayla Mueller of Jackson, Maegan Walker of Charleston, Aubrey Gideon of St. Charles and Haley Gideon of Fairfield, Ohio; one brother, Charles Perry of Bertrand; one sister, Gayle Carr of Granite City, Ill; and one special brother-in-law and his wife, Bill and Ruth Watson of Diehlstadt.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Hesselrode, Bonnie Perry and Velma Presley; and three brothers, Glynn Perry, James Perry and Bennie Perry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Southside Baptist Church in Charleston with his son, Jesse Robert Perry II, officiating.
Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by the Missouri Funeral Honor Guard.
His seven grandsons will serve as pallbearers with his two granddaughters serving as honorary pallbearers.
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Memorials may be to
Southside Baptist Church
902 School St.
Charleston, MO 63834