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Absolom Douthat "A.D." Perry

March 14, 1934 January 10, 2019
Absolom Douthat "A.D." Perry
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This is a salute to Absolom Douthat Perry (most called him A.D. or Abbie), 84, of Knoxville, TN. He joined the Lord and his wife in Heaven on January 10, 2019. He was born on March 14, 1934, in Tazewell, Virginia to Hazel Ratliff and James Perry and had three brothers (Dan, Charlie, and David) and four sisters (Nancy, Myra, Anna Ruth, and Linda). He entered the Army in 1952 at the age of 19, where he would begin a 23-year career that would span the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired from the army in 1975 as a CW-3.
Although his time in the Army was one of the most significant aspects of his life, it did not define who he was. In 1963 he would marry his life-long partner and love of his life, Harumi “Bobbie” Perry. There are not enough words to describe the wonderful man he was to the many who loved him. He was a stubborn man that secretly loved with his whole heart, and that stubbornness is what allowed him to persevere through those most difficult times in his life.
Abbie was a fantastic husband, exceptional father, and doting grandpa. He was proud of his family and was never afraid to say that. He absolutely loved and enjoyed life with his wife of 50 years. He cherished his only son, and even though there were troubled times, God had brought them back together. The Lord caused their relationship not only to be healed but to flourish in ways neither of them could even fathom. His grandsons were his soft spot, and though he did not get to see his other grandsons, Trevor and Caleb, he still loved and cherished them.
Just like with Harumi, his relationship with Nikki eclipsed and outgrew the title of “daughter-in-law,” and she was truly accepted as their daughter. Abbie had a special relationship with Nikki, which allowed him to open up and be vulnerable. This was something that was so needed especially after Harumi passed away.
We are thankful for friends and family that loved him and share in our memories of him. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, two brothers, one sister, and his wife, Harumi. He is survived by his son, Michael Perry; daughter-in-law, Nikki; grandsons: Trevor, Caleb, Jordan, Nicholas, and Zachary Perry; one brother; 3 sisters; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 9:30 am at the East TN Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Hwy. Pastor Chris Caldwell will perform the Service. The family asks that only close family attend the service at the request of Abbie. Instead of flowers, he asked that a small donation be given to The Wounded Warrior Foundation.
We, his immediate family, honor his memory and celebrate his life. Even though we will miss him tremendously, we know and believe that we will see him again. We look forward to seeing him and Harumi dancing away, which were the last words she left with him four years ago.
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’”
- [Rev. 14:13, ESV]

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9:30 AM 1/18/2019 9:30:00 AM
East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

2200 East Gov John Sevier Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
2200 East Gov John Sevier Highway Knoxville 37914 Tennessee
United States

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