CHESTERFIELD — William Louis Perry, M.D., died May 6, 2012, under the loving care of Nora Smith.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.
Born Jan. 4, 1912, in Chesterfield, Dr. Perry was the oldest child of Dr. William Joel Perry and Essie Buchanan Perry. Dr. Perry was a 1934 graduate of Wake Forest College, receiving his B.S. degree. He graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1936. Dr. Perry received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1938. Following an internship and residency at McLeod’s Infirmary in Florence he joined his father’s practice in Chesterfield and they practiced together until 1944. After his father retired, Dr. Perry continued to practice alone until he was joined by his brother, Dr. Jerry Perry. The Perry clinic was established at its present location in 1954. For 48 years Dr. William Perry practiced medicine and dedicated himself with a true caring spirit for others as he provided health care needs for the people of Chesterfield County.
Dr. Perry was committed to helping those who truly needed help, making house calls and delivering babies in homes for many years. He took an active role in the civic, religious, educational, and social life of his town and county. He was graced with a kindly, compassionate, and patient bedside manner and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by Ruth Kirven Perry, his wife of 69 years in September, 2009, a son, Joel Wilson Perry, and his brothers, Dr. Jeremiah Buchanan Perry of Chesterfield and Dr. Percival Perry of Winston Salem, N.C.
Surviving are one son William Kirven Perry of Lumberton, N.C.; two daughters, Arden Perry Fields of Clemson, S.C., and Ruth Perry Higson of Conway, S.C.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, English Perry Griggs, Camden Mitchell Griggs, Collin McCullough Griggs, William Marion Perry, William Landon Perry, Arden McCullough Fields, Perry Louis Fields, Michelle Lane Higson, and Casey McKoy Higson; special cousin, Mary Jean Lineberger of Mooresville, N.C.; sister-in-law, Helen King Perry of Chesterfield, S.C.