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Vergie Church Perry

Originally published: Mar. 20, 2013
Last modified: Mar. 20, 2013

On March 18, 2013, Mrs. Vergie Church Perry passed away at the Margate Care Center in Jefferson.

Mrs. Perry was born in Alleghany County on Feb. 10, 1908, to William Silas Church and Emma Irwin Church into a family that eventually grew into nine children.

Vergie attended Appalachian State Teachers College obtaining a degree in elementary education. She went on to teach for 35 years in fourth grade at Mountain View Elementary in Hays, and was the oldest retired teacher of that facility at the age of 105. While she had no children of her own, Vergie shaped the lives of hundreds of children in the Wilkes County School System and gained the respect of many colleagues.

Vergie was married to Troy Perry, who was the manager of the Employment Security Office in Wilkesboro. They loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and traveling. Vergie had a deep love for and knowledge of the earth's natural beauty before "green" was in vogue.

Both were active members of the Mountain View Baptist Church, where Troy served as deacon and teacher. In 1972, Troy and Vergie retired to Jefferson in Ashe County to be close to other family members. They became active in the Friendship Baptist Church.

Mrs. Perry is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Chapel in Jefferson 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21. The family will receive friends there from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Building Program, care of Mrs. Debbie McClure, PO Box 72, Jefferson, NC 28640.

The family wishes to thank special friends, Mrs. Jane Ward and Henry Prevette for their compassionate care and attention during Vergie's final years.

"A life well-lived pleases God."

Words of comfort and remembrance may be sent and viewed at http://www.ashelawn.com. Ashelawn Memorial Chapel was in charge of Mrs. Perry's arrangements.

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