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Richard L. Perry
Funeral Time: Tuesday, January 18th at 12:30PM
Richard L. “Dick” Perry age 87, died on January 13, 2022, after a fall. He was preceded in death by his father George C. Perry, his mother Eula Preston, brother George Chad Perry III and grandson John-Stewart Perry. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Phoebe Hammond Perry, son Richard Stewart (Judy)Perry, son James Edward Perry, daughter Lee Anne “Muffy” (Dwayne) Wattenbarger, grandchildren Bruce “Bo” Hadden Jr. and Annalee Hadden , step-grandchildren Samantha Briggs and Laura Briggs, sister-in-law Julianne Perry. Most important of all is his puppy dog and constant companion “Honeybun”.
Dick was born on October 30, 1934, in Martin, KY and grew up in Paintsville, KY where he played basketball for Paintsville High School. He attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He moved to Ashland, KY to wed the love of his life, Phoebe. He worked at Armco Steel and later Commercial Credit when they moved to Charleston, WV with a young infant. The small family moved to Lexington in 1958 where Dick worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and sold clothes at Robert Hall Clothing in the evening.
In 1959 they had another son James. State Farm Insurance came into his life in 1961 when Dick accepted an opportunity to become an agent in Lexington. His daughter Muffy was born in the early years of his career and grew up with her Dad as the “State Farm Agent”. He was an extraordinarily successful businessperson and salesman achieving many honors with the company in his 61 years, including Lifetime Presidents Club which is achieved by few agents. He first hired and then partnered with his son, Stewart, to build a remarkably successful agency “Perry and Perry State Farm Insurance”. He believed in supporting the community and early in his business life joined both the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. He and Honeybun have continued to go to his office every day up to his recent fall put him in the hospital.
Dick was involved with Centenary Methodist Church serving on many boards and committees including Chairperson of the Trustees and the Pastor Parrish Committee. He currently is a member of Southern Hills Methodist Church. He valued public service and was a proud Mason with the Robert Sirkle Lodge, a member of the Oleika Shriners, past Vice Chair of the Shriners Hospital Board, Past President of the Champions Neighborhood Association, and Past Chairman of the North Jessamine County Fire Board. He successfully ran for the Lexington Urban County Council in the early 80’s and served two terms as the 4th district councilperson, while on the council he worked tirelessly on many projects that are still in existence in the Lexington area.
He remained extremely proud of his son Jim and his involvement with the horse industry, Stewart and his involvement with his business and Muffy for her involvement in the business world and family!
Dick was known as a great father, husband, and friend. He always had a joke or a story to tell. He had the ability to entertain and bring a smile to everyone’s face when you were around him. His warm personality was always welcome wherever he went. We will miss him terribly but know that he is now entertaining all who went before him.
Funeral services will be held 12:30 pm Tues, Jan. 18 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, KY 40513 officiated by The Reverend Bill Moore, a long-term family friend. Private burial will take place at Mayo Cemetery Paintsville, KY. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Mon., Jan. 17 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Leadership Council, 229 Tahoma Dr., Lexington, KY 40503. diabetes.com