Perry graduated from Laurens District 55 High School in 1988 where he played alto saxophone in the marching band under Director Andy Hodges, sang in the LDHS chorus and was a member of the drama club. He furthered his education at Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga., majoring in music. He was employed as manager of Pizza Hut in Clinton, SC and his last employment was with Caterpillar in Fountain Inn, SC. Mr. Miles is a member of CenterPoint Wesleyan Church in Laurens, SC.
Perry was born into a musical family that sang in many churches and directed the youth choir at Welcome Baptist Church in Laurens until 1980. At the age of three or four he would sit on the back porch and make up songs about the birds, trees and grass. In later years Mr. Miles wrote poems for his Mom and many songs, especially for his wife, Kim.
Mr. Miles is survived by his loving wife of twenty-two years, Kimberly Briggs Miles and his wonderful son, Jordan Alexander Miles of Clinton, SC. His Mother, Bettie Kelley Miles of Laurens, SC and his only brother, Kevin Miles of Greenville, SC. Mr. Miles is predeceased by his older sister, Beverly Miles Gossett of Rossville, Ga. in 2011. He is survived by two sisters, Betty Miles Julian of Signal Mountain, Tn. and Bonny Miles Clark of Chattanooga, Tn., also, several special nieces and nephews of Georgia and Tennessee.
Perry has a loving relationship with his second “Mom and Dad”, his Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Helen and Robert Briggs of Kokomo, Indiana. He is also survived by a Sister-in-law Heidi Smith (Bill) of Dallas, Texas, two Brothers-in-law, Richard Briggs (Janice) of Logansport, Indiana and Timothy Briggs (Hannah) of Kokomo, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.
Perry has two special buddies, Buster, his fifteen- year- old lab, and Peanut, his bed partner.
A memorial service, celebrating Perry’s life, will be held at Gray Funeral Home Chapel, 504 E. Carolina Ave., Clinton 29325 on Wednesday, June 28th at 11:00 A.M. Rev. John Hughey of Newnan, Ga. will conduct the services and present the music.
Visitation will follow the memorial service with memories and reflections of Perry’s life.
Perry’s life was filled with love for his Lord and Savior, his family and friends, music, the Atlanta Braves and he was a diehard #1 fan of the Clemson Tigers. The family would like to give special thanks to Coach Dabo Swinney for the autographed picture and message of hope. It brought much joy and many smiles to Perry’s face through this most difficult time.
We would also like to thank The Laurens County Cancer Society and the Gentiva Hospice staff for their gracious support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laurens County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 6, Clinton, SC. 29325 and to the Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Ga. 30339
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