Willie “Billy” James Perryman was born April 10, 1945 to the late James Henry and Ora Mae Perryman in Coy, AL.
He was a very boisterous person, regaling everyone with hilarious stories. Billy loved the country life, going back to Coy whenever he got the chance to hunt and fish.
He resided to Mobile, AL working for the Alabama State Docks for many years.
Billy was a quartet man to his heart, becoming apart of several singing groups such as The Perryman Brothers, The Perryman Singers, The Faithful Five, and the Gospel Crowns. While in Coy, Billy was a member of the Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church and when he moved to Mobile, attending the Delaware Street Missionary Baptist Church, until becoming a charter member of the Arlington Street Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorage of his brother, the late Rev. Dr. Melvin J. Perryman, Sr. where he sang in the choir, male chorus, and served as a trustee until his health declined.
Billy was a friend to many, but most of all he was a family man at heart. He was a wonderful, loving, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. He opened his home to anyone in need and was known to the neighborhood children of Patton Avenue as “Granddaddy”. Billy was especially known for selling deer sausage, hogs, and sugar cane syrup.
Billy traded his earthly adobe for a cabin in glory on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at a local hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Jerridine Perryman, one daughter, Deborah Young, one grandson, (his baby) Mack Hucherson Jr., five brothers, Ernest “Clay” Perryman, Rev. Dr. Melvin “Ted” Perryman, Richard “Dick” Perryman, Joseph “Joe” Perryman, and Henry T. “Booley” Perryman and two sisters, Bertha “Mutch” Knight, and Janie Mae Johnson.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 54 plus years, Willie Bell Perryman of Mobile, AL; three devoted daughters, Janet (Rev. Maurice Sr.) Woodard, Kimberli (Mack Sr.), Hucherson, and Catherine Perryman; one devoted son, Willie James (Girannell) Perryman Jr. of Oceanside, CA; fifteen loving and devoted grandchildren, Minister Maurice L. Woodard III, Mary Woodard, Mautrell Jackson, Malajah Woodard, Willie Jaypee Mendiola, Jasmine Perryman, Michael Perryman, Bryan (Destiny) Hucherson, Darrian Hucherson, Jakayla Barlow, Gregory Barlow Jr., Dante Barlow, Caleb Barlow, Veronica Young, and Victoria Young; thirteen great-grandchildren, Jackson, Jett, Bryan Jr., Demarius, Helen, Hallie, Prince, Abiel, Abby, Damari, Jakari, Malachi, and his morning glory, Jade Alise; two brothers, Finnis (Alice) Perryman of Mobile, AL and Dorsey McQuitter of Coy, AL; one sister, Shirley Williams of Mobile, AL; one step-sister, Loretta (John Jr.) Stevens-Thames, loving sisters-in-law, Delores Perryman, Mabel Perryman, Lula Perryman, Wauneda Perryman, Pamela Perryman all of Mobile, AL, Annie Bell Smiley of Coy, AL, Gwendolyn Shoemaker, and Claudette Shoemaker all of Mobile, AL, and Cynthia Dallas of Coy, AL; brothers-in-law, Harris (Annette) Knight of Mobile, Earl Finklea of Coy, AL, Michael Shoemaker of Orangeburg, SC, Melvin (Minnie) Finklea, Will Arnold Dortch; devoted nieces Dorothy (Roderick) Sargent, Leda (Woodrow) Pettway, Grace (Rev. Cecil) Carter; devoted nephew, Jarrod “Garage” Finklea, John “Gerald” (Lenora) Johnson; loving uncles, Rev. Lindberg Hoover Perryman Sr. of Columbus OH and Rev. Henry Lee (Eunice) Perryman of Cleveland, OH; aunt-in-law, Lula Mae Thompson of Coy, AL; godchildren, Lekesha Sampson Holmes, Veronica Smith-Dixon; devoted friends, Nathaniel Jones, Danny Hadley, Bonner Nicholson, Wendell Nicholson, Rev. Johnnie Harris, Curtis Taylor, Hattie Matthews, Alexander McCants, and many others too numerous to name, but never overlooked in our hearts. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
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