Sanford Dale Perry, 81, of Greenville, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021.
Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Willard and Ethel James Perry.
Dale was a graduate of Furman University. He retired as a news reporter from the Greenville News where he covered everything from the arts, to crime, to politics. During his 45 years of service, his colleagues referred to him as “fearless”. In his retirement, Dale was part of various community efforts. He was a prime mover in the volunteer committee that developed commemorative sculptures around Greenville to include the Pete Hollis memorial, “Pegleg” Bates, FDR’s funeral train memorial, and the Josh White sculpture. He was also involved in the Woodside Textile Heritage Society. Dale previously taught English and Journalism at Parker High School in the 1960s where he inspired many students.
Dale’s memory will continue on with his three loving siblings, Michael and Brenda Perry, of Atlanta, GA, Carroll and Sandra Perry, of Gainesville, GA, and Brenda and Tommy Montjoy of Laurens, SC. Dale was much loved by his nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as “the fun uncle”; Shelley Lamoureaux, Kevin Perry, Mickey Madden, Billy Perry and Grant Perry; great-nieces and nephews, Ian Lamoureaux, Jessica and Jackson Perry, Will Perry, Sam and Abby Perry, Brittany Goodman and Lilly and Maggie Perry. “Uncle Dale always had time to listen with interest, share a fascinating story, plan an adventure, or support his family with any of their endeavors.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Greg Madden.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
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Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown.