Private Eugene Preston Perry, of the U. S. Army, died in the service for his country in military operation in Korea.
Private Perry was born October 8, 1930 in Pearisburg, Va. He attended Bluff City Junior High School, where he was very active in school activities and a member of the Band and Glee Club. At eighteen Eugene was drafted into the U. S. Army and was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, where he served for one year. He was discharged from there in December, 1949 and volunteered to go back in the service on November 10, 1950.
His death was a shock to the family and community. A letter of condolence from General McArthur was received by the family.
Our faith enables us to withstand the shock and grief of death. It is my earnest prayer that the Almighty God will sustain and strengthen you in this hour of trial. Surviving Pvt. Perry are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Perry; four brothers, all of Pearisburg (one of whom is serving his country in the U. S. Army) ; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Rhodes of Bluefield, W. Va., and Mrs. Pauline Allen of Staunton, Va.; two uncles, Mr. W. L. Perry of Pearisburg and Mr. Charles Perry of Bluefield, W. Va.; one aunt, Mrs. Louise Perry of Bluefield, W. Va. and a host of other relatives and friends.
Though death may part us for a while
It never can erase
The memory of a loved one’s smile
Or of a dear one’s face.
For memories will always stay
As year’s go passing by;
And there’s comfort in the thought
That Love can never die.
Pvt. Perry was given a military burial by the Radford-Montgomery-Pulaski Post No. 119 of Radford, and Auxiliary. The funeral was last Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Baptist Church with Rev. O. L. Johnson officiating; J. D. Saunders, commander; James Wilson, adjutant.
The Tribune (Roanoke, Va.), 25 August 1951.