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, Texas.
Growing up in Columbus, Indiana as the second of seven children, Jamie graduated from Columbus North High School in 1974 before later earning an associate’s degree from Delta College in Saginaw, Michigan.
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 Frederick Perry Sr.; and by his brother, Glenn Frederick Perry Jr.; and his grandparents, Robert and Rosemary Owens and Amber and Mabel Scott.
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 six grandchildren, Delilah, Jax, Everett, Miles, Theo and Oliver; as well as 22 nieces and nephews; 28 great-nieces and -nephews; three great-great-nieces and -nephews; his uncle, Dan (Marcia) Owens; three cousins; and members of his honorary “Texas Family” — Nanci and Art Huskey and LaNelle and Chuck Gallagher.
A memorial service was held on March 5, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. 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 were under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.