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Perry, James Royce

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February 13, 1956 - March 2, 2018

Perry, James Royce

James Royce Perry, known by those who loved him as both Jim and Jamie, was born on February 13, 1956 in Franklin, Indiana to parents Glenn Fredrick Perry and Saundra Kay Perry.  Jim passed away on March 2, 2018 at the age of 62 in Dallas, TX.

Growing up in Columbus, Indiana as the second of seven children, Jamie graduated from Columbus North High School in 1974 before later earning an Associates Degree from Delta College in Saginaw, MI.  In January of 1984, he moved to Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children, where he continued his career as the owner of his own home remodeling business, repairing and upgrading the homes of his customers throughout the Dallas area.  Jamie loved basketball and horse racing, and looked forward to March Madness and the Kentucky Derby each and every year.  He loved to cook, especially the recipes that had been passed down to him from his grandmother, Rosemary.  He was always up for a celebration, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends whenever he could.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Fredrick Perry Sr. and by his brother, Glenn Fredrick Perry Jr.  He is survived by his son, Jonathan (Jennifer), and his daughter, Katie (Bobby) Jeffrey, his mother, Saundra (Charles) Martin, and his siblings- Joe, Brett (Jeanie), Julie Giggy, Dana, and Lisa (Jim) Spray.  He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren- Delilah, Jax, Everett, Miles, Theo, and Oliver, as well as 22 nieces and nephews, 28 great nieces and nephews, 3 great great nieces and nephews, his uncle Dan (Marcia) Owens, 3 cousins, and members of his honorary “Texas Family” – Nanci and Art Huskey and LaNelle and Chuck Gallagher.

A memorial service will be held on March 5, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Aria Memorial Chapel in Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society.

His fun take on life was a bright spot for all who knew him.  A genuine gentleman in cowboy boots.  He will be so missed.  He’s dancing on streets of gold today, but he will always be in our hearts.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Tom and Deb Rust

March 06, 2018 3:20PM

We were saddened to hear of Jamie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We are especially thinking of Saundra today. No Mother should have to bury their child, let alone two of them. Bless you all.

Tonya Perry - Nealy

March 06, 2018 10:50AM

RIP Jamie. Many fond memories. Peace to those you loved and those who love you still.

Heather Dunlap

March 06, 2018 8:39AM

Jim did a LOT of work on my parents' house and some work on my house, and everything he did was beautiful. He became more than that to us, though. He was a guest at my brother's wedding and some of the Hinds family celebrations. We loved Jim and will miss him.

Linda Brobston

March 05, 2018 6:35PM

So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all the family, and especially for Saundra. Know how hard it must be for a mother to lose a beloved son.

James L Combs

March 04, 2018 9:44PM

My sincere condolences to the family of Jim and may God bless him always!

Angie Morris

March 04, 2018 8:53PM

Many prayers and much love. I had the pleasure of knowing Jim. Such a kind gentle soul. Blessings to all of his family and friends.

Connie Eggleston

March 04, 2018 7:04PM

Jaime as I called him was one of my favorite cousins! We were close. I lost touch with him over a course of over 20 years and his lovely sisters contacted me and we spoke quite often and my husband was able to meet him and his family! What a guy! Here, here for dancing on the streets of gold! Love, Connie, (Bill) Eggleston

Vickie Perry Stover

March 04, 2018 6:34PM

I first met Jamie when we were in second grade at Garfield school in Columbus. He was my very first boyfriend, and I've had a soft spot for him ever since! Back in the early 80s, I hire Jamie to build a room addition on my house. He was there for a couple of months, and often times brought Jonathan and Katie with him, I'm certain he brought them with him so he could show them off to me, he was quite the doting dad l I moved away from Columbus about the same time Jamie moved to Texas, so we didn't get to see each other very often, but we always made a point of catching upat our class reunion's. I don't ever remember Jamie not having that sweet boyish grin on his face, that alone would melt your heart!!! I don't need to tell you how lucky you were to have you be in your life, we were all lucky. He was the best, and I will forever miss him!