Billy Neal Perry, Jr., 54, of Wake Forest, was peacefully ushered into the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, November 19, while surrounded by his beloved family.
Neal was born on February 18, 1960 in Wake County to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Neal Perry, Sr. He was a 1979 graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and a 1980 graduate of Wake Tech. He began his career with the City of Raleigh Fire Department in 1981 and retired as a Lieutenant in 2011. Neal was a man of many interests and talents and will be long remembered for his humility, joyfulness, and his love for his family and friends. He was a true southern gentleman with the ability to find humor in most any situation.
Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday morning, November 22, 2014 at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Neal is survived by his wife of 29 years, Cheryl Heath Perry; daughter, Ashton Ellen Perry of the home; his parents, Billy Neal and Mildred of Wendell; brother, Lee Perry and his wife, Paula, and their children, Charlie and Kaylee of Raleigh; his grandmother, Mamie Blackley of Wake Forest; parents-in-law, Charles and Geraldine Heath of Wake Forest; brother-in-law, Darrell Heath of Youngsville as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Eula and Exum Perry and by his maternal grandfather, Charlie Perry.
Neal was a member of Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church. During his three year battle with cancer, he continued to be a testimony of God’s grace and faithfulness. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund.
Friends may visit with the family from 6-8PM Friday evening, November 21, 2014 at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, 3329 Forestville Road, Raleigh, NC 27616.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (919-556-5811)