|Reverend Nathaniel Perry was born on March 17, 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his early childhood, his mother and stepfather, the late Easter Redd Burns and Andrew Burns, reared him in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was married on February 27, 1937 to Clytie Fears of Lufkin, Texas. No children were born to this union. He attended the public schools of Baton Rouge through high school. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New Orleans University (now Dillard University); Master of Divinity, Howard University, Washington, D. C., Master of Social Work, Graduate study in Religious Education at Howard University, Graduate study in Supervision at University of Pennsylvania and Howard University.
He was a minister in the United Methodist Church more than sixty years having served as Pastor, District Superintendent, Director of Wesley Foundation, Executive Secretary of Christian Education, and Director of Peoples Community Center, New Orleans. He was also a member of the following organizations: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Prince Hall Masons, National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers, Young Men’s Christian Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Louisiana Conference of Social Workers and the Louisiana Association of Children Under Six.
He was bass soloist with the famous Louisiana Bards male chorus of New Orleans University, which toured Louisiana Methodist Churches and sang six times at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois. He has performed for Olin Downs, Music Editor of the New York Times and for Hollywood movie producer, Cecil B. Demille.
On Friday, June 14, 2002, Reverend Perry departed this life for a greater place with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He leaves to cherish his memory one sister-in-law, Mildred Fears Thomas of Chicago, Illinois: nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and a goddaughter, Marissa Nelson.
His wife, Clytie Perry, his Mother and Stepfather, Easter and Andrew Burns, preceded
him in death.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)|