Ronny (Ron) Dale Perry, age 63, born August 30, 1954 in Madisonville, KY, raised in Nashville, died at home on Monday, July 2, 2018 with his wife by his side. Ron is survived by his parents, Jimmie Dale and Ola Mae Clayton Perry, his wife, Susan Anderson Perry, his son Andrew Philip Perry, grandchildren Reagan and Amelia, brother Gary (Linda), their daughters Sara (Brian) Houck and Amy (Ruben Garcia) Perry, great-nieces and nephews: Elise, Audie, Emery, Mirielle, and Nathan (Ron’s godson) Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ron attended Aquinas College in Nashville on a baseball scholarship, served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from UT Knoxville, and received his master’s degree in library science from Vanderbilt University.
Ron was employed by the Nashville Public Library for over 30 years and was manager of the Reference Division of the Main Library for over 20 years. He led the Great Books discussions throughout his career and also book groups for prisoners and senior citizens. He coordinated programs such as Shakespeare Allowed!, SCORE, and assisted with the Courtyard Concerts.
Ron was a caring and thoughtful son, a loyal brother, kind and loving father, a very special Papa to his grandchildren, and a most wonderful husband. Faith and family were always central in his life. He was a lover of poetry, philosophy, birds, pears, Mozart, and country music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and on Monday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial to follow at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club of Nashville, Alive Hospice or the charity of your choice.