Robert Eugene Perry, a true grit cowboy and lifelong resident of the Texas panhandle passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020, surrounded by family.
Gene was born on July 6, 1937, in Perryton Texas, the youngest of 3 children. It didn’t take long for him to make his presence in this world known. If you look ornery up in the dictionary Gene’s picture is there. He was an athlete and cowboy through and through.
He married the love of his life on Friday the 13th June 1958 and loved to tell everyone that his dad had to sign for him to be able to marry her because he was too young. He was a true cowboy with an incredible work ethic.
He went into security while raising a family and retired from the First National Bank. He continued to find ways to cowboy all while staying busy with different security gigs. He was also a previous member of Will Roger’s Range Riders.
Gene was a family man who loved and led his family well. A strong brave cowboy that snuck ice cream to the grandkids, loved country movies, made every family member watch the movie Shane, paid out $1 bills for black eyes, made bets with the kids he knew they could win, could ride a horse like John Wayne, looked at Shirley like she hung the moon, and loved Jesus with a tough tender heart. He leaves a legacy of Jesus, a heart for the mountains, and deep unconditional love and grace.
Gene is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, daughter Cindy Jester and husband Dale, son Scott Perry, and son Richard Perry and wife Lisa; his 5 grandchildren, granddaughter Stacy Ferguson and husband Luke, grandson Kenneth Jester, grandson Justin Perry and wife Cristina, grandson Joshua Perry, and grandson Jacob Perry; and his 7 great-grandchildren, Malorie Jester, Savanna Jester, AJ and Adam Ferguson, Jasper Jester, Wyatt Perry and Kinslee.
He is preceded in death by his parents Wyatt and Nan Perry, and his sisters Bette Mansfield, and Jane McCord; and great-granddaughter Faith Ann.
His heart always lived up in the mountains. A memorial will be held in the Enchanted Circle of New Mexico on December 28, 2020, out where his heart always longed to be.
In lieu of flowers please send to St. Jude’s 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 USA / firstname.lastname@example.org