1969 Obituary Photo
Hunter Carlyle Perry
Jan. 12, 1887 Norfolk, VA
Died: Jan. 10, 1969 Charlottesville, VA
Hunter Carlyle Perry was the son of Joab Sawyer Perry and
Eleanor "Ellen" Martin Land and grandson of Josiah D. Perry and his 1st
wife, Nancy Sawyer. Hunter was raised in Virginia but by 1910
had moved to Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia and had gone into real estate like
The March 7, 1919 Atlanta Constitution newspaper
stated the following: "Among the Georgians who have recently
arrived home from the French battlefields are Captain Hunter Perry of
Atlanta. Captain Perry reported at the offices of Forrest & George
Adair Thursday, donned civilian clothes and went on duty. He is one of
the best-known young businessmen of the city. He served eight months
on foreign soil with the coast artillery."
In January 1920 the same
newspaper carried the announcement of his wedding to Leone Ladson (Lotson in
other records)--Mr. C.T. [Calhoun Tatnall] Ladson announces the marriage of his daugher,
Leone, to Mr. Hunter Perry on Saturday, January 17, in New York City.
Dr. Merrill of the Brick Presbyterian Church was the officiating minister
and the only attendant was Mr. Frank Adair, best man. Mr. and Mrs.
Perry will spend their honeymoon in Florida and Cuba and upon returning will
make their home at Georgian Terrace. Hunter and Leone Perry are
found in the 1920 census in Atlanta, Georgia. Hunter was 32 and Leone
34. They are still in Atlanta in 1930 with Hunter being 43 and a real
estate agent and Leone being 41.
Hunter and Leone were found in several
news articles after 1930, mainly in the Society pages keeping company with
Metropolitan Opera stars and the like.
Hunter's death was carried in the
Charlottesville, Va. Daily Progress on January 10, 1969. A
portion of his obituary follows:
Hunter Perry of "Brookwood", a quiet
philanthropist who avoided publicity, died this morning in a Charlottesville
hospital at the age of 81. He was born in Norfolk on Jan. 12, 1887,
son of Joab Sawyer Perry and Eleanor Land Perry. Shortly after his
birth, the family moved to Huntington, W. Virginia and then to Roanoke.
Perry was a student at V.P.I. in Blacksburg for a short time and then
entered the University of Chicago where he became a member of the Beta Theta
Pi fraternity. He later attended Leland Sanford University in Palo
Alto, California. He moved to Atlanta, Ga. in the early 1900's
becoming active in the real estate business in association with the Adair
Realty Co. Perry served with distinction in the U.S. Army during World
War I, seeing combat duty in France and was promoted to Captain. He
married Miss Leone Lodson of Atlanta in 1919 and they continued to live in
Atlanta until the early 1930's when they came to Albemarle County.
Mrs. Perry died Oct. 1, 1938 and after her death Perry made his home with
his sister, Mrs. Lillian Perry Edwards at Ivy. Upon coming here, he
purchased the Paramount Theater and formed the Dominion Theaters Corp.
The corporation subsequently acquired all the movie theaters in
Charlottesville and also became owner of a number of movie theaters
throughout the state. These theater interests were sold in 1949.
He and his sister established the Perry Foundation, a charitable foundation
that has brought many benefits to the community. Upon retiring from
active business, Perry devoted himself to the affairs of the foundation,
operating out of a simple, one-room office in downtown Charlottesville.
He served as director of the Peoples National Bank of Charlottesville and as
president and director of Priddle Oil & Gas Co. of Huntington, W. Va.
He was president of Farmington at the time of his death. Perry is
survived by his sister, Mrs. Lillian Perry Edward, and by a niece, Mrs.
Keith Martin. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's
Church in Ivy. Burial is to be at St. Paul's cemetery.