Michael Ray Perry

Published 1:43 pm Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Michael Ray Perry, 79, a resident of the Enon Community, passed away Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2022, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital after a brief illness. He proudly served his country overseas during the Vietnam War as a Motor Sergeant in the United States Army. Ray was a member of the American Legion in Franklinton and currently a member of the American Legion Magic City Post 24 in Bogalusa. He was an outstanding mechanic, well known in the area for his ability to fix anything with four wheels. Ray worked at multiple locations around Franklinton but was also the owner/operator of Ray’s Texaco for many years, his service station and mechanic shop. He always loved to tinker for hours on cars and trucks in the shop at his home. Ray was a longtime active member and Deacon of Enon Baptist Church. He had a servant’s heart and volunteered for any and all projects at his church or simply helping others throughout his community. He was affectionately known as “Grumpy” to his friends and always liked to play up to that persona. Ray adored his family and grandchildren and cherished all the times they spent together.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Raylene Thomas Perry of Enon; son and daughter-in-law, Andy Ray Perry and Tana Warren Perry of Prairieville; daughter and son-in-law, Julie Anne Perry Mills and Jeremy Mills of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Dylan Ray Perry, Emily Rose Gillenwater, Gretchen Rainey Gillenwater, Cooper Jack Gillenwater, Ashlyn Haire and her husband Austin, and Evan Mills; great-grandchildren, Kylie Haire and Hayden Haire; brother and sister-in-law, John and Mitty Perry of Katy, Texas; sister, Betty Womble of Dripping Springs, Texas; sisters-in-law, Sharon W. Perry of Grayson, Ga., and Rosetta Miller of Mt. Hermon; and also numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorman C. Perry and Glenna Magee Perry; brother, James W. Perry; mother-in-law, Nettie Penton Thomas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray I. Thomas and Gertrude Thomas; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Byrd and Leroy Miller.

Visitation was at Enon Baptist Church (14049 Highway 16 in Franklinton) on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. until noon. A funeral service was held in the church at noon Tuesday, Aug. 30, with the Rev. Chris Wheeler officiating. Burial followed in the Knight Memorial Gardens, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 24 Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Enon Baptist Church at 14049 Hwy. 16, Franklinton, LA 70438.

Pallbearers were the Deacons of Enon Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Robbins and Kent Robbins.