James Franklin Perry, 88, resident of Fearrington Village, NC passed away at home on January 7, 2015 from complications of pneumonia. Jim was born in Lansing, Michigan on October 27, 1926 to Frank Perry and Irene O’Roark Perry. Jim served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He married Joy Ann Teachout in 1948. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1949 and received his Juris Doctor from Duke University in 1951. After law school he took a position in private practice in Ashville, NC and subsequently joined the Traveler’s Insurance Company; first in Wilmington, NC then Hartford, CT at the Corporate Headquarters.
In 1970 Mr. Perry joined the newly formed in-house Corporate Law Department of State Farm Insurance Company. He retired from State Farm in 1993 as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Jim’s special area of expertise was the issue of no-fault auto insurance. He spoke nationally on the subject to state legislatures, insurance industry associations, and was consulted by the Brookings Institute and Andrew Tobias when writing “The Invisible Bankers” and Peter Huber when writing “Liability”.
Upon retirement, Jim moved to Fearrington Village. He was predeceased by his wife, Joy in 1996, and brother, Joseph Perry. He married Shirley McCormick Moore in 2000.
Mr. Perry is survived by his wife, Shirley Moore Perry, of Fearrington Village, NC; daughter, Jan Perry and husband Paul Landrey of Nelson, NH; son, Joseph Perry and wife Patricia of Ocean City, MD; and son, Scott H. Perry of Colfax, IL. He is survived by grandchildren, Kylie and Shauna Landrey, Leigh Anna and Clayton Perry, and James Perry.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Jim’s memory, please consider the Chatham County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 883, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or the Friends of Chatham County Community Library, P.O. Box 1108, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
A celebration of his life will occur in New Hampshire in the summer.