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Studio shots, no. 215: William M. Perry.

 “To Mr. & Mrs. Clark From William M. Perry”


In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Lodge Street, Robert Perry, 28, public school teacher; wife Mary A., 26; and son William, 5 months.

In the 1920 census of Columbia, Richland County, Virginia: preacher Robert Terry [Perry], 38; wife Mary Ida, 35; and children William, 10, Robert, 9, Allice, 7, John Logan, 5, and Frank, 3.

In the 1930 census of Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia: at 519 Oak Street, Robert N. Perry, 48, Episcopal church clergyman; wife M. Ada, 46, church school teacher; children William M., 20, Robert N., 18, Alice L., 17, John L., 15, Frank H., 13, and Henry B., 10.

In the 1940 census of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama: at the Hillman Hotel, lodger William M. Perry, 30, public school teacher.

In 1940, William Montgomery Perry registered for the World War II draft in Bamberg County, South Carolina. Per his registration card, he was born 29 December 1909 in Wilson, North Carolina; lived at 519 North Oak Street, Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia; he worked for J.E. Blanton at Voorhees N.&I.School; and his contact was his father, Rev. Robert N. Perry, Thomasville, Georgia.

William Montgomery Perry died 12 April 1951 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. Per his death certificate, he was born 29 December 1909 in North Carolina to Robert N. Perry and Mary A. Jackson; was never married; worked as a high school instructor; was a World War II veteran; and was buried in Thomasville, Georgia. Major Henry B. Perry was informant.

Arizona Republic, 13 April 1951.

The application for William M. Perry’s military headstone notes that he was born 29 December 1909; died 12 April 1951; enlisted 13 February 1943; was discharged 16 April 1946; achieved the rank of first sergeant; and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Thomasville. Robert N. Perry, 519 North Oak Street, Thomasville, applied.

Military photo courtesy of user ivan-gilkes.