James R. Perry of Fort Worth, age 77, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX with members of his loving family by his side. His life was marked by a matchless sense of contentment in all circumstances, made most apparent through his courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.
His humble leadership was evident across all arenas of his life – as a leader in community involvement, having served within many local boards and organizations; as a luminary in the banking community, guiding several financial institutions; and as an anchor within his family, providing counsel and support to many over the years.
Born December 1, 1935 in Shamrock, Texas, he graduated from Odessa High School in 1954 and the University of Oklahoma in 1958. He served as President of the OU chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was a career banker working in Oklahoma City with City National Bank and Trust Company, in Odessa with State National Bank and in Ft. Worth with First National Bank of Ft. Worth (and successors InterFirst Bank, First Republic Bank and NCNB Texas). Early in his career, he was chosen “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” by the Odessa Junior Chamber of Commerce. He retired from banking in September 1989 as Chairman of NCNB Texas Ft. Worth and as Chairman of the Texas Region of NCNB Texas.
His numerous civic activities, all of which held great importance to him, include service with The United Way of Fort Worth and Tarrant County as President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County as President, Fort Worth Chamber Foundation as Chairman, Harris Methodist Health System as a Trustee, Fort Worth Corporation as Treasurer, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce as Vice-President, The Colorado River Municipal Water District as a member of the Board of Directors, The Fort Worth Club as a Governor and Treasurer, Exchange Club of Ft. Worth as a Sustaining Member and the Young Presidents’ Organization, Inc. as a member. At the time of his death, he was continuing his service as an Executive Committee member of the Southwest Exposition and Livestock Show.
He served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery rising to the rank of Captain.
The legacy of his strong character continues through the surviving members of his family: wife June Perry; sons, Jeffrey Perry and Joel Perry, and daughter-in-law Denise Perry; four grandchildren, Jordan Perry, Caprice Perry, Jim Perry and Mike Perry; brother Charles Perry and sister-in-law Jo Perry, brother Ken Perry and sister-in-law Mary Dean Perry and sister-in-law Barbara Vaughn Skelton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both his father Charles B. Perry and mother Sunshine G. Perry.
Visitation with the family: 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 1 at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole located at 702 8th Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX 76104.
A memorial service will be held at the Marty Leonard Chapel located at 3131 Sanguinet, Ft. Worth, TX 76107 on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions in his memory are welcomed and can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8111 N. Stadium Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77054 or the charity of your choice.