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February 17, 2003

Obituary from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Sunday, February 16, 2003
Section: Arkansas - Obituaries

It is with deep sadness that we in the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation inform you that Rex Perry has passed away. His funeral will be Tuesday at 1:30PM, First Baptist Church of North Little Rock. Burial will follow at the Brown Cemetery in Faith, Ark.

Rex was Vice President in the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation for several years and served on the board in various other capacities since its inception. He was our premier parliamentarian, and served with insight and humor. We will miss him very much.

If anyone would like to make a memorial to AJHF in his memory, it can be sent to: Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation с PO Box 251187 с Little Rock, AR 72225-1187 USA

Here's the obit from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Sunday Feb 16) --

REX WAYNE PERRY, age 47, of North Little Rock, Ark., passed away Feb. 14, 2003. He was born on March 5, 1955, at Westover AFB, Mass. He was a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ark., with a bachelorтs degree in Music Education. He obtained his Master of Music from LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

Rex was a very experienced music educator who taught at all levels (elementary, junior high, high school, and university level) for over 20 years. Also, he has been a working professional musician since 1975, including Arkansas Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, as well as several local music groups including shows and concerts. Through his dedicated expertise in music he has led many junior high and high school organizations to superior ratings in Arkansas, including two students who qualified for the McDonaldтs USA band. His work has touched many Arkansas instrumentalists over the past 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lt. Col. James W. Perry (Ret.). He is survived by his mother, Carrie Mae Ryman Perry of North Little Rock; four brothers, Alva R. Perry of North Little Rock, James T. Perry (Pauline) of Vero Beach, Fla., Richard M. Perry (Michaelene ) of Little Rock, and Robert B. Perry (Linda L.) of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Carol Ann Kendrick (Bill) of Springdale, Ark., and Linda Margaret Perry of North Little Rock; seven nephews; four nieces; four great nephews and one great-niece.

There will be visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday afternoon at Huson Funeral Home, 7700 Hwy. 107, Sherwood, Ark. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2002, at First Baptist Church of North Little Rock, officiated by Dr. Tim Deahl. Burial will follow immediately at Brown Cemetery in Faith, Ark. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, 4500 North Hills, North Little Rock, Ark., 72118; or your favorite organizations.

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