Hal Clifton Perry, 81, passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Hal was married to the love of his life, Armenia “Menia” Hocutt Perry (deceased). The second son of Jarvis Wesley and Frances Chamblee Perry of the Pearces Community in Franklin County, Hal’s siblings include J.W. Perry, Jr. (deceased) and wife Fran of Bunn, June G. Perry and wife Patsy of Wendell, Ned K. Perry (deceased) and wife Ava of Cary, and Emma Lou and husband W. Lyndo Tippett of Fayetteville. He has 2 daughters, Wendy Perry and Tiana Perry Reid and husband Matt, all of Zebulon. Hal has one grandson, Wyatt Caison Reid, with whom he loved to “talk baseball.” Lots of nieces, nephews and “great” ones loved “Uncle Hal” too.
Wolfpacker Hal was an Agriculture Education major, graduating from North Carolina State University after attending and playing baseball at Louisburg College. After serving his country in Germany in the United States Army, he and Menia returned to their home in Zebulon where he continued service to his community for decades in numerous ways. After teaching Agriculture Education at Bunn High School, he was recruited to open First Federal Savings and Loan in Zebulon, helping many young homeowners and farmers get stared in life when other lenders would not. It was during this time in the early 1960’s, even though he could only find 3 golfers in the vicinity, his entrepreneur gene revved up and he believed Zebulon needed a golf course and took to designing and building the Zebulon Country Club. He was later recruited to open Central Carolina Bank in Zebulon. He served on the Board of Directors for Wake Technical College, followed by more than a decade as Chairman of the Board of Wake Memorial Hospital (WakeMed) where he led the way for the first ever expansions of the hospital, paving the way to the medical center it has become today. Hal was appointed to the Farmers’ Home Administration by President Jimmy Carter and traveled throughout the south taking his love for helping those in rural farm communities to small farmers and their families. In the 90’s, never one to sit still, he created and built the Zebulon Civic Center, host site for hundreds of business and social events. Locally, he served on the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce Board and was honored as “Outstanding Citizen of the Year,” the Zebulon Lions Club and member of White Stone Masonic Lodge. He was recognized by others during his career for service in many ways.
Mr. Perry was a member of Pearce Baptist Church and served as Sunday School teacher and Deacon where the celebration of his life will be at 3PM, Tuesday, the 1st of September. Entombment following at Gethsemane Gardens in Zebulon. The family will receive friends in the church annex from 1-2:45PM and at other times at the home of daughter Wendy Perry, 291 Pilot Riley Road, Zebulon, NC.
Wendy and Tiana request that gifts in their daddy’s honor be made to the Frances Chamblee Perry Scholarship Fund at Pearce Baptist Church, 4634 Pearces Road, Zebulon, NC 27597.
The family would like to offer sincere gratitude to the wonderful and caring staffs at SECU Hospice in Smithfield for their comfort during daddy’s final days and at Central Regional Hospital in Butner where he has been for the past year. Lots of love and thanks to Gloria Willoughby too, who took care of daddy for many years.
Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, Zebluon www.masseyfuneralhome.com