John Willard Perry

January 5, 1935 - September 8, 2017

01/05/1935 - 09/08/2017

Past Services

Tuesday September 12, 2017
Following the service at the Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Tuesday September 12, 2017
11:00 am
Hickory Chapel Original Freewill Baptist Church
530 NC Hwy 561 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Additional Information:

Rev. Mike Williams and Rev. Jim Skipper will be officiating the service.

AHOSKIE, NC – John Willard Perry, age 82, passed away on September 8, 2017 at the Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC

Mr. Perry was born Hertford County on January 5, 1935, a son of the late Willie and Maris Tinkham Perry.   Johnny enlisted in the Army on April 21, 1953 and received his GED through the Army.  He trained at Fort Campbell, KY and in Jump School at Fort Benning, GA.  Perry served with the 11th Airborne, 101st Airborne, and 4th and 9th infantry divisions.  In 1955, Johnny was deployed to Germany.  He was awarded the AOM, the NDSM, the Good Conduct, and other medals and ribbons.  His 22 years (11 active and 11 National Guard) in service to his country were all memorable.  He was discharged as SFC at Ahoskie, NC.  Johnny worked as a shift clerk foreman in the sheet finishing department for Union Camp in Franklin, VA; until his retirement in 1995.  After retirement, John worked for Piggly Wiggly in Ahoskie.  John married his soul mate, Rose Nell Dilday, in October of 1973.

Besides his wife, John is survived by his three daughters, Ina Perry Bell and husband, Jeff of Jarrett, Va., Linda Aswell  Chamblee and husband, Davidson of Ahoskie, NC, and Ruth Aswell Davidson and husband, Ernie of Colerain, NC; ten grandchildren, Dawson  Dunlow, Jon Williamson, Blake  Bell, Cody  Bell, Steven Williamson, Jack Chamblee, Will Davidson,  Kylene Williamson, Wanda Phillips, and Lee Ann Lloyd; seven great-grandchildren, Cole Phillips, Harper Lloyd, Allie Phillips, Kaley  Chamblee, Sadie Davidson, Jonas Chamblee, and Lucas Lloyd; and three special nephews, David  Harrell of Arden, NC, Lee Harrell of Fletcher, NC, and Kevin Dilday of N. Myrtle Beach, SC.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Hickory Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, Ahoskie, NC, with the Rev. Mike Williams and Rev. Jim Skipper officiating.  Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery with Military Honors.  The family will receive friends at the home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made directly to Cragmont Assembly, Inc, 1233 North Fork Road, Black Mountain, NC, 28711 or online by clicking here or directly to the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 249, Middlesex, NC, 27557-9900 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Perry family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Notify of
5 Condolences
Inline Feedbacks
View all condolences
Phoebe Strough
6 years ago

Rose Nell, So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. It’s hard but you will get through it. May God bless you and your family.

Rose kelly
6 years ago

So sorry to hear of Mr. Johnny’s passing prayers for the family. I always think about him love it when I worked with him at Piggly Wiggly.

Judy Northcott
6 years ago

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Rose Nell and your family. I was so shocked to learn of Johnnie passing. He was such an enjoyable person to be around, always having some comedy to share, just Like his daddy. I know Johnnie was a good man snd will be missed by many people. I pray God will always comfort you and your family during your
sad and grieving times. Love to each one.

Kay Edwards
6 years ago

Rose Nell and family, our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dear John. He touched many lives and will be missed by many. He always had a smile and could make you laugh. May God grant you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Ronald and Kay Edwards

Irene Z. Shields
6 years ago

Dear Perry family,
Love, prayers and deepest sympathy are coming your way. may our Lord wrap His loving arms around you and lift you up and give you the peace and comfort needed now and in the days to come. Love and blessings, Irene Z. Shields