Lacy Erwin Perry, age 91, passed away on Christmas night. Born in Nashville August 29,
1931 to Robert D. and Lacy Corlew Erwin, Lacy attended Parmer School, Hillsboro High and Ward Belmont. She spent all but the last few years of her life living within a mile of her childhood home on Forsythe Place, where she had fond memories of playing with her best friends, her siblings and cousins Joe and Mary Erwin. Lacy was married to Coleman R. (Coley) Perry for 64 years before his death in 2015.
Her love for and knowledge of art and interior design was a result of prodigious reading and incredible recall. It was not uncommon for her to recount the smallest details of a work of art or a fine English sideboard. And if you needed to identity a rare china pattern, Lacy was your go-to. As a young mother, she represented a struggling, but later renowned, Russian artist, Roman Chatov, whose portraits were found throughout many Nashville homes, including her own. In her later years she worked for her good friend Michael Corzine in his Green Hills shop, Corzine-Richter, helping many Nashville brides-to-be with their wedding registries and countless others choose the perfect gift.
Lacy was devoted to her children, her husband Coley and enjoying life. Having four children under the age of ten didn’t stop her from driving a convertible or from loading them in the car for a 16-hour trip to Aspen. (On one such trip, they stopped along the way to pick up a tumbleweed to join them in the back seat.) Lacy loved to ski, especially in Aspen, and was an accomplished cook. Her children fondly remember weekly gourmet nights, where they would be treated to mostly unfamiliar and unappreciated fare. She was also a mean stock picker and often found at her kitchen table poring over the Wall Street Journal.
Besides her husband, Lacy was predeceased by her younger son, Neil Erwin Perry, She is survived by a son, Coleman Robert (Bobby) Perry, Jr., Nashville and two daughters, Delia (Coleman) Brown, Baton Rouge, LA, and Sara (Albie) Del Favero, Nashville, as well as beloved brother Bobby(Anne) Erwin, Nashville, and sister, Betsy Toups, Baton Rouge. She also leaves five granddaughters: Lise (Tom) Barbour, Evergreen, CO; Lara (Steve) Sevener, Bay St. Louis, MS; Avalyn Taylor, Portland, OR; Perry Del Favero (Zach Wexler), Nashville and Elle Del Favero, Nashville and one grandson, Coley Brown, Altadena, CA along with six great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
The family wishes to thank Pacer, Irma, Priscilla and the staff at the Lodge at Natchez Trace for the wonderful care Lacy received for the last few years of her life along with the Alive Hospice team who comforted her for the past few weeks. Services are private. For those who wish, donations can be made to Alive Hospice, West End United Methodist Church or the charity of one’s choice.