The Rev. Eddie Perry, former state official and pastor of Charles City church, dies at 79

9/22/2017, 9:06 p.m.
The Rev. Eddie Lee Perry went from the military to the ministry while also playing a key role in recruiting ...
Rev. Perry

In 1985, he was called to the pulpit of St. John Baptist, where he served as pastor until 2000.

During his tenure at St. John, he built the membership so that the church could hold weekly Sunday services instead of every two weeks. He also is credited with linking the church to ABCOTS, reorganizing and expanding the choirs, leading the church in creating a constitution and bylaws and strengthening the board of deacons. He also led the church in honoring members’ children who made the honor roll in area schools.

He served on the ABCOTS board for eight years and served two years as the group’s minister of mission support after leaving St. John.

Rev. Perry also served as president of the Charles City County Branch NAACP, was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Action Network.

He was a team leader for Junior Achievement and launched a Girl Scout troop at the church. He also was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and its Richmond alumni chapter.

He also was active in the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and Vicinity.

In addition to his wife, survivors include the couple’s four children, Curtis D. Perry, Eddie L. Perry Jr. and Patricia A. Perry, all of Richmond, and Monica Russell of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Wilson C. Perry of Covington, Ga.; a sister, the Rev. Annie G. Clark of Cleveland; and five grandchildren.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Rev. Perry’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.