Perry, Clytie Fears (Mrs. Nathaniel)


September 29, 1911-2001
Take my life, and let it be consecrated Lord to thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.”
Clytie Fears Perry was born September 29, 1911 in Lufkin, Texas to the late William and Minnie Fears. She was the second child of her parents. At an early age, Clytie moved to Alexandria, Louisiana. She attended elementary school there and moved to Texas where she lived with her aunt and attended high school in Houston. Clytie began her college career at Texas Southern University.
In December, 1928, Clytie met Nathaniel Perry at a Christmas party in Alexandria. Nathaniel was a junior in high school in Baton Rouge. For the next eight years Clytie and Nathaniel courted and were married February 27, 1937.
Clytie matriculated at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated with a degree in secondary education. She later pursued graduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D. C.
When Nathaniel entered Howard School of Divinity in 1937, Clytie later joined him and they embarked on a journey of ministry for the next sixty years. They served in Washington, Pennsylvania; Silver Spring, Maryland and returned home to Louisiana. Clytie and Nathaniel served churches in Louisiana, namely Trinity (New Orleans), Peck (New Orleans), Newman (Alexandria) and Hartzell Mt. Zion (Slidell).
Living unto the scriptures of “whither thou goest I will go,” Clytie followed her husband all over the Louisiana Conference from district to district. She worked as a teacher of Home Economics, to social work with the YWCA, to Youth Director of Conference “B”. She was never idle as her gifts and graces touched not only her family, but all.
She joined Wesley United Methodist Church and maintained her membership there for 64 years. While there she became involved with the United Methodist Women, Church Women United, Vice President of the State Organization of United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Mu Zeta Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She was honored and recognized by numerous organizations, groups, churches and districts for her dedication and ministry. She was a member of the Rosa Jackson Study Group of United Methodist Women of St. Mark United Methodist Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband, Rev. Nathaniel Perry, one sister, Mildred Fears Thomas, Chicago, Illinois, nieces, cousins and friends.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2001, p. 247 By E. Andrew Goff