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Barbara (Patterson) Perry
November 7, 1934 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Barbara Patterson Perry passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024.
Barbara was born on November 7, 1934, in Barbourville, KY, the only child of Lloyd E. and Marie Buchanan Patterson. Barbara was a 1952 graduate and valedictorian of her beloved Pineville High School. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she was a cheerleader and after one year, was accepted to the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy. She graduated in 1956, one of only two women in her class.
At the age of 10, she met her future husband James R. Perry. Jim and Barbara were married June 2, 1956 in West Liberty, Kentucky. They spent the early years of their marriage in Norton, VA, Richmond, KY and Louisville, KY, where Barbara worked as a pharmacist. In 1969, she and Jim returned to his hometown of West Liberty where he became CEO of their family-owned Commercial Bank.
A lifelong, devout Methodist, Barbara dedicated much of her time to the West Liberty United Methodist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, a Lay Delegate to the Kentucky Annual Conference and held numerous positions in the Margaret Stacy Circle and on the Administrative Board. She established a Youth Community Choir that brought area churches together. She was also a delegate to the Jurisdictional Conference, President of the Kentucky Methodist Foundation and a Member of the Jurisdictional Council on Ministries. Her profound interest and love of Methodism took her to England, where she traveled and studied the life of John Wesley.
The Morgan County Sorghum Festival was a source of great joy for Barbara. She was honored to be the Chair for many years, and she especially appreciated the annual festival’s promotion of the arts in Eastern Kentucky and its profound economic impact in Morgan County.
She was a former member of the Board of Trustees of Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky and a former board member of the American Heart Association of Kentucky.
For many years, Jim and Barbara spent time in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where they enjoyed boating, golf and entertaining family and friends.
Since 2007, she was a resident of Richmond Place in Lexington, where she relished time spent with her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. During her later years, her life was deeply enriched by their weddings, births, and baptisms. “Nana” was the quintessential grandmother - she will be remembered for her love for Jesus, Fox News and the Kentucky Wildcats, her affinity for Sorghum Festival treasures, her recipes and her phone calls to remind you of kick-off, tip-off or the first pitch.
She was predeceased by her husband of fifty years, James R. Perry. She is survived by her daughter, Sara Jim Blair and son-in-law Proctor W. Blair, of Lexington, two granddaughters Amanda Blair (Jeff) Milward and Stacy Blair (Rob) Forrester, and five great-grandchildren, Mary Carter Milward, Harrison Proctor Milward, Callihan Williams Forrester, James Wesley Forrester and Robert McIntyre Forrester. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Richmond Place and Lynne Eckmann of Wheelers Home Connection.
Services will be private. Potter Funeral Home in West Liberty, Kentucky is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the West Liberty United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 295, West Liberty, KY, 41472.