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William Lee Perryman
Date: 6/6/2018
Location: Thomasville

William Lee Perryman, 93, passed away peacefully in his home June 6, 2018 following a brief illness. Mr. Perryman was born January 31, 1925 in Thomasville, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara Tate and Jesse Lee Perryman; sister, Maurine Tate; brother, James Lee; and his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Lawing Perryman. Mr. Perryman graduated from Thomasville High School where he was recognized as most handsome in the senior superlatives. He enrolled at North Carolina State University but left school to join the U.S. Navy as a pilot during World War II. There he earned his wings and began a 70 year love of flying. He retired as a captain in the Naval Reserve in 1973 having received many commendations for his leadership skills. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Navy never left him, as friends and family will attest. Following the war, Mr. Perryman owned Crutchfield Hardware in Thomasville where he was involved in many civic organizations. His fondest memory was of the year he and his fellow Jaycees brought Miss America to Thomasville as grand marshal of the 1956 Christmas parade. In 1970, he and his family moved to Griffin, Ga. where he served as an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement in 1995. Mr. Perryman was a member of First Baptist Church of Griffin. Mr. Perryman is survived by his son, David Perryman of Annandale Village in Suwanee, Ga.; daughters, Jane Henley (Stephen) of Dunwoody, Ga., and Carole Smith (Ric) of Opelika, Ala.; three grandsons, Charles William Henley (Jacqueline) of Roswell, Ga., Harrison Wayne Smith of Nashville, Tenn., and Michael Tate Henley of Los Angeles, Calif. A graveside service of remembrance will be held Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Thomasville, N.C. The body will remain at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville, N.C. until the hour of service. A memorial reception will be held Saturday, June 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Towers in Sandy Springs, Ga. The family wishes to thank Roseena Brown, Vanessa Bell, Dorothy Blake, Crystal Wine, and Longleaf Hospice of Atlanta for their loving support of Mr. Perryman during the last four years of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Annandale Village at Suwanee, 3500 Annandale Lane, Suwanee, GA 30024, or First Baptist Church, 106 W. Taylor St., Griffin, GA 30223. Online condolences can be sent to the family at


Jane,Carol and David, so sorry to hear about your Dad, I will never forget all the memories of CRUTCHFIELD HARDWARE and the Perryman Family, I worked with them for 14 wonderful years. They were my extended family.
~ Imogene Garrett thomasville , North Carolina
Jane,Carol and David I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad, I have very fond memories of Crutchfield Hardware and the Perryman Family. I work with them for 14 years,and considered them as my extended family.
~ Imogene Garrett thomasville , North Carolina