ELDRETH BURGESS “BUDDY” PERRY, 85, of East Lynn, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Huntington, W.Va. Buddy was best known as being a good, dependable friend, neighbor, confidante, and giver of sound advice. He was an exceptional Dad and big brother. Buddy was a diligent and well-respected worker and boss, having held jobs locally as a Director of Maintenance/Millwright at Steel of WV and worked at Monterey Coal. He was retired from the UMWA.
Buddy graduated from Wayne High School in 1954 and moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area where he met and married Olive Workman Perry, who passed April 3, 2003. Buddy always felt one of their greatest accomplishments was raising and educating their four children, Ernest (Carlena) Workman of Huntington, Deborah Mullins (Ed Perry) of South Point, Oh., Donna (Mark) Hrko, of Mooresville, N.C., and Diane (Matthew) Folk, of China Grove, N.C. He was a proud Papaw to his grandchildren, Anthony Workman, Stella Workman Watts, Angela Workman, Adam Mullins, Olivia Hrko, Perry Folk and Benjamin Hrko. He is survived by seven great grandchildren, Alyssa Headlee, Kabriel Ball, Josh Workman, Megan Watts, Summer Watts, Annie Workman, Grace Workman and Zaine Workman.
Buddy was born November 15, 1936, one of seven children of the late Alvin and Ona Simpkins Perry and was preceded in death by siblings, Eugene Perry and Ella Mae Poindexter, brother-in-law, Corney Lett and sisters-in-law, Louise and Ann Perry. He is survived by Erna Lett of Huntington, Eldon (Ilena) Perry of East Lynn, Douglas Perry of Patriot, Oh., and Noah Perry of Buffalo, W.Va., a brother-in-law, Harold Poindexter of Huntington, and a sister-in-law Lytia Perry of Hurricane, W.Va. Special friends left to mourn include Eadris Clay and caregiver Danielle Maynard.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home by Jason McComas, Emual Adkins and David Adkins. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Perry Family Cemetery with pall bearers Adam Mullins, Ben Hrko, Perry Folk, Wilson Ey, Luke Mills and Pete Mills. Honorary pall bearers will be Stacy Wooten, Eddie McComas, Henry “Dude” Wooten, Anthony Workman and Adam Smith. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the church or charity of your choice. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the caring staff at Wyngate in Proctorville, Oh. and Heritage Center in Huntington.
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