1956 ~ 2021
Date of Death: October 2, 2021
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Perry family. Karen’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mrs. Karen Elaine Perry.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Karen Elaine Perry was a blessing from God to Mrs. Osa Lee (West) and the late Nelson Perry on Tuesday, August 21, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was called to take her eternal rest on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from Houston, Texas. She was also preceded in death by a brother: William Earl Perry.
Karen was baptized at an early age at a Church of Christ Camp. She was educated in the Clarksville Public School System, where she received her High School Diploma. After graduation from High School, she attended Westark Community College (University of Arkansas Fort Smith) and became a Registered Nurse. She graduated from the Nursing Program on Friday, May 3, 1991. God blessed Gary & Karen Perry to serve as Pastor & Lady Perry at Visionary Christian Church for eleven years in Alma.
Karen was a loyal, understanding, lover of God, as well as His people. She was very considerate, tolerant, mild-mannered, until she was provoked. She was also a quiet lady who was very, very, strong, would take charge when she needed to and she was truly an obedient follower when she needed to be. She was a smart, wise, trustworthy, dependable person who was always willing to help and always looked for the good in people. She married the love of her life on Saturday, April 19, 1975 at Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel on the Campus of the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. Together they treasured over 46 blissful years of a God-blessed union.
Karen was a great awesome and loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was loved and respected by her co-workers at Baptist Health-Fort Smith. She also loved to shop, but she would not drop or get tired! She will be greatly missed by all who adored and appreciated her throughout her beautiful life.
Karen will be forever cherished and remembered by her faithful husband: Pastor Gary O’Neal Perry of Alma, Arkansas; her two sons: Shondale Lakey Perry of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Ethan Andre (Tara) Perry of Houston, Texas: her five grandchildren: Kennedy, Keyarah, Iana, Aubrey and Jaylen; her mother: Osa Lee (West) Perry of Clarksville, Arkansas; her brother: Ronald (Lisa) Perry of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her sister: Rhonda Green of DeRidder, Louisiana, and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.
A public walk-through will be Monday, October 11, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rowell-Parish Mortuary 611 North 9th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church 211 North Mountain Grove Road Alma, Arkansas 72921.
Committal service and final resting place will be at the Lewis Cemetery Alma, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to UAFS Foundation: Nursing Scholarship in memory of Karen Perry P. O. Box 3649 Ft. Smith, AR 72913.