Long-time Sulphur Springs resident Dorothy F. Perry passed away on December 16, 2008 in Richardson, Texas.She is survived by her daughter, Gail Perry of Plano, her son, H. W. Perry Jr., daughter-in-law Meme Drumwright, and granddaughter Lauren Perry of Austin, and various nieces, nephews, cousins, and their children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Hersel Watson Perry, her parents, Myrtis Ellzey Funchess and Roy Sebastian Funchess, and her brothers Donald Funchess and Roy S. Funchess, Jr. Dorothy was born in Osyka, Mississippi in 1917. Her parents died shortly after her graduation from high school, as did her surviving brother. After working at the Laurel General Hospital, she moved to Houston where she worked for the Southern Pacific railroad. She married Hersel, and after a few years in Houston, they moved to Beaumont where they raised their family. They retired to Sulphur Springs and lived happily amongst wonderful neighbors and friends.
Dorothy was an active member of First Baptist Church, and she especially enjoyed her Sunday School class and the seniors ministry. She was involved with various civic groups such as the Tanti Club and The Newcomers. She enjoyed her involvement with The First Ladies of Sulphur Springs, her bridge clubs, and other groups. She especially loved to travel, and at eighty five, she was seen riding a river raft in Alaska.
Everyone who knew Dorothy knew of her love for people and her broad acceptance of others. She was the epitome of someone who offered unconditional love. Her love for her immediate and extended family was unbounded. As everyone knew, she adored her granddaughter Lauren, and her family jokingly referred to Dorothy’s house as the “Lauren museum.” Dorothy’s values and spirit continue to live in those she touched, and she will be missed by many.
Memorials may be sent to The Seniors Ministry, First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs.
Services will be at Restland Memorial Chapel, Saturday, December 20, at 12:30 p.m., Reverend Fred Lewis officiating. Pallbearers are: Bob Brunson, Ralph Miller, Billy Orth, Robbie Orth, Doug Stephenson, and Jay Stephenson. Honorary Pallbearer: Morris Palmer. Visitation will be at Restland on Friday, December 19, 7-9 p.m.
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