Official Obituary of

Deacon Willie E. Perry

October 15, 1950 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Deacon Willie Perry Obituary

The life of Willie E. Perry who was born in East Tallassee, Alabama, on October 15, 1950, to the late Otis and Dollie Mae Perry.

A TIME TO GROW – Willie, affectionately known as “Will”, received his education in the Alabama School system. At the age of 17 years old, Willie made his way north to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with his close friend/brother, John “Pumpkin”. He remained in Philadelphia making it his permanent home.

Willie worked numerous jobs—bartender, paper factory, Marriott Hotel—to name a few. He finally secured employed at Penn Reels Fishing and Tackle, working as a Polisher and becoming Leadman of his department. He remained at Penn Reels for 20 years before retiring.

Willie was ordained a Deacon at New Joy Missionary Baptist Church. He was a faithful and dedicated member under the leadership of the late Rev. Joseph Fuller.

A TIME TO LOVE – Twenty-two years ago, Willie met his soulmate, Linda, while they both worked at Penn Reels. They were not only co-workers and friends but became a couple. Eventually, they became husband and wife and were inseparable. They enjoyed spending quality time together. They did almost everything together. They simply loved one another and anyone who knew them saw the love, respect, commitment, and devotion they had for each other. Literally, they were each other’s ROCK! They were a true example of real love. Willie inherited four stepchildren, Kia, Kareem, Kareema, and Julius.

A TIME TO ENJOY – Willie loved the Lord. Willie enjoyed playing his base guitar and singing lead for the gospel group Sensational Chariots; the last group which he passionately belonged too. In his earlier days, he sang with the gospel group, Southern Wonders who produced an album.

Willie also enjoyed playing dominoes, family cookouts, and gatherings with family and friends. He also found satisfaction and pleasure visiting different churches to hear the Word after ending his longtime membership at New Joy Missionary Baptist Church. Family was everything to Willie who was such a kind and gentle soul. He was a standup man who nobody could say anything bad about. He was just a good-good, God-fearing man.

A TIME TO MOURN – Preceding Willie in death were his brother, O.D. Perry, Eddie B, and Roy; his sister, Louise; nephew, Lil Toney; stepson, Julius Luke, and cousin and Church mother, Mary Bridgeman.

Deacon Willie Perry leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted wife, Linda; his brother, Big Toney; three stepchildren, Kia, Kareem, and Kareema; one sister-in-law, Doris; one brother-in-law, Lorenzo; nephews, Gregory (Amy), Rodney (Sheila), Robert Otis, and K.C.; nieces, Toot, Wig, Asia, Angel, and Kianna; cousin/sister, Joan Sherman (Greg) who constantly prayed with him, called and directed blessings his way, cousin/sister, Joye Anne for always being on call; cousin, Brenda for embracing us with love and prayers, cousin June Bug, cousin Elder Leanon Trawick for always being available for the family in their time of need; very special deacons and friends, Deacon Haskins, Deacon Fisher, Deacon Clayvon, and Deacon Martin; Dwight the drummer; singing group members, Hoopy, Chuck, Mike, Joe, Anthony, and so many more cousins, other family and friends.

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March 16, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Holy Temple Church
2240 N. 29th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Celebration of Life
March 16, 2024

10:00 AM
Holy Temple Church
2240 N. 29th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Interment following funeral service
March 16, 2024

Chelten Hills Cemetery
1701 Washington Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19138


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