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Alverne H. Perry

Friday, September 24, 2021
Alverne H. Perry

Today, we pause in humble submission to the will of our Father, who in his infinite wisdom has finalized the plan for Alverne Harrison Perry.

On September 22, 2021, Alverne Harrison Perry moved to her eternal home. Alverne was born on August 28, 1931, to the late Jasper Harrison and Della Day Harrison in Simsboro. Alverne had six brothers and three sisters who preceded her in death. Her only living sibling is her oldest sister, Odessa Dunn, who is 100 years old. Odessa and Alverne have always lived within a mile of one another.

Alverne also lost three son-in-laws to death, Calvin McGee, Sr., Magnolia, Ark., Ray Robinson, Simsboro, and Garry Williams, Detroit. She also lost a great-grandson, London Paul Doggett, Fort Worth, Texas.

Alverne grew up on Sunshine Road in the Liberty Hill community (Simsboro) where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Grambling High School and went on to attend Grambling State University where she majored in English. Alverne confessed her faith in Christ at an early age. She attended Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church until her health no longer allowed her to be with her church family whom she loved dearly.

She served in many roles in her church and was a great Sunday School teacher. Alverne married the love of her life, James Eugene Perry, on October 18, 1953. James preceded her in death on May 15, 1983.

From this union, eight daughters were born. Alverne was a great wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, and mother-in-law. She was known throughout the community of Perryville for her teacakes and other baked delectables. It goes without saying, she cooked with love.

Alverne was truly a helpmate to her husband James who worked hard in providing for his family. Alverne supported her husband while he was a faithful member of Rocky Valley B.C., Simsboro. A strong foundation was laid for their children, and they all have a strong faith in the Lord.

Alverne worked outside of the home for 27 years as a Residence Hall Counselor at Grambling State University. She met many students and made a great impression on them. She was their mother while they were away from home. Alverne loved her daughters and was blessed to see them marry and raise their families. She was proud to say that all eight of her girls graduated from Grambling State University.

During her illness, it gave her joy when her children would sing hymns that they learned in church. One of her favorite hymns was “A Charge to Keep I Have.” She is in God’s hands, and we accept our Heavenly Father’s will.

She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her loving memory, eight daughters, Brenda F. Robinson, Simsboro, Teressa Dianne Perry Williams, Detroit, Gwendolyn (Babe) L. McGee, Ruston, Barbara J. Mamon, Duncanville, Texas, Beverly C. Bass (Walter), Ruston, Paula L. Davis ( I.L., Jr.), Garland, Texas, Monica A. Perry, Cedar Hill, Texas and Karen Perry Smith (Byron), Keithville; fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Odessa Dunn; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.

Alverne pursued the wisdom of God instead of the wisdom of the world. Alverne would say, “I pray all the time.” Her last words would always be, “Don’t forget to pray!” We are blessed and thankful that God gave us a mother that exemplified the woman in Proverbs 31.