John Henry “Butch” Perry, Jr., 80, passed away peacefully, January 5, 2022. John was born in Knoxville, TN, on September 10, 1941, to the union of Eula Bell Burnett Perry and the late John Henry Perry, Sr. He was a 1959 graduate of Austin High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knoxville College in 1964, a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of TN in 1967 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education in 1980 from Southern Illinois University.
He taught Physical Education for 15 years at Mississippi Valley State University and 18 years at Maryville College, where he served as the head of the department and became the first African American professor to receive tenure. He was a 60-year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Preceded in death by father, John leaves to cherish his memory: loving mother, Eula Boyd; his devoted wife of 57 years, Joyce Kimbrough Perry; daughters, Joycelyn Perry and Jarenda Perry-Goodman; grandsons, Carlos (Ashley) Goodman, Jr. and Michael Montgomery, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Lennox, Landon, Leah, and Ava; sister, Betty Lowery; brother-in-law, Anthony Kimbrough; sister-in-law, Mae Kimbrough; aunt, Mary Sanders; nephews, Marvin (Meshelle) Lowery, Jr., Frederick Lowery, and John-Christopher (Cordia) Lowery; special cousins, Norman George, Evelyn Carter, Sylvia Hemphill, Betty Blackman, Judy Burke, Shirley Kincaid, and Yolanda (Lydell) Hammond; and a host of other family and special friends.
Omega Service at 12:30 p.m., receiving of friends, 1:00 p.m., funeral service at 1:30 p.m.; Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church. Rev. Leah Burns officiating; Rev. Dr. Adam McKee, Eulogist. The family is at 5912 Windtrace Lane, Knoxville, TN 37914.
COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Face masks are required.