Obituary of Nathaniel Perry, Sr.
Nathaniel DeWitt Perry went home to be with the Lord on October 29, 2017, at home in Galloway Township, NJ with previous residences in Powder Springs, GA and Norfolk, VA. He was affectionately called “Nate” and “Tanny” by family and friends. Receiving Christ at an early age, Nathaniel grew in faith at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Atlantic City, attending school through high school, obtaining his GED. In recent years his soul was fed in service at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Austell GA.
Nathaniel was born June 7, 1952 in the Atlantic City Hospital to loving parents Carroll Anthony Perry and Gladys Oneida (Weekes) Perry. Nathaniel was predeceased by his father detective retired Carroll A. Perry and mother Gladys O. (Weekes) Perry; brothers, Dr. Lamont L. Perry of Los Angeles, CA, Maurice B. Perry of Pleasantville, NJ; and sister, Kathleen N. Strickland. He is survived by his son, Nathaniel D. Perry Jr. of Norfolk, VA; daughter, Ashley Perry of Dallas TX; sisters, Carol Ann Ford of Powder Springs, GA, Crystal R. Echevarria of Augusta, GA; brother, Pastor Dr. Randolph O. Perry of Upper Marlboro, MD; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Everyone loved Uncle Nate!
Nathaniel served his country in the United States Navy, retiring as a Navy Chief. He received numerous awards and citations. His service and ship assignments reflect the magnitude of his service: NTC Great Lakes IL Dec.16—Jan. 31, 1972; PRCOMMUNIT Kalamazoo May –Aug. 1973; USS Kalamazoo (AOR 6) Aug. 1973—Apr. 1975; USS Schofield (DEG 3) Jun. 1975-Jan. 1977; USS Roanoke (AOR 7) Jan. 1977—Sept. 1978; Maint. Sup Subase Pearl Harbor, HI Sept 1978—Sept 1980; USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Nov. 1980—Apr.1983; USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) May 1983—May 1985; USS Seattle (AOE 3) Jul. 1095—Jun 1987; Naval Station Brig Norfolk, VA Aug. 1987—Oct 1990; USS Arthur W. Radford Nov. 1990—Jul. 1994. No wonder as a retired Navy VET he drove a taxi-cab before re-locating to Georgia in 2010, then returning to his Atlantic City roots and that awesome ocean and boardwalk that gave him such peace and joy.
Nathaniel had a passion for American History. He loved to visit history museums. Through his union with his ex-wife Tammie (Thompson ) Perry, his best gifts to the world were born; son, Nathaniel D. Perry, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia and Ashley N. Perry of Dallas, Texas. Nate was often heard responding to good news or bad news with his familiar “It’s Alright!” We are sure Mom, Dad, Big Moe, Lamont, Kathleen and a host of other loved ones met you at the Pearlie Gates and welcomed to your Heavenly Home!
Funeral services will be 11AM, Saturday, November 4, 2017, Victory Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bishop Richard Allen Ave, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment in William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.