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Friday, March 3, 2023
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James E. Perdue, a beloved husband, brother, uncle, and mentor, passed away on February 24, 2023, at the age of 98. He was born on February 17, 1925, in Tuscaloosa County, Brookwood, Alabama, to his parents, Jim Perdue and Isadora Sample Perdue. James married the love of his life, Elizabeth Crawford, on March 12, 1949. They shared a beautiful and loving marriage for over 71 years until her death in July 2020.
They traveled the world together visiting every continent except for Antartica, creating countless memories. At times they traveled with friends as well as his brother Peter and sister in-law Beatrice, with whom they shared a close, lifelong relationship. James and Elizabeth were members of Heights Christian Church for nearly 50 years where they contributed much of their time and treasure. side from his passion for travel, James was also a devoted mentor to his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Being the oldest of his siblings, James took on a leadership role, imparting his wisdom and guidance to his younger family members.
His presence and advice were highly valued and deeply cherished. James' commitment to service began at a young age when he joined the United States Navy in December, 1943. He served aboard the USS Polaris AF 11 and was awarded the American Theater medal, Asiatic Pacific medal, and Victory medal for his service. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and remained in reserve until 1950.
James continued his pursuit of knowledge by obtaining a degree in accounting from Fenn College, now known as Cleveland State University. After graduation, he embarked on a long career with the IRS before retiring. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits,
James had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed thoroughbred horse-racing, gardening, photography, and reading about finance and mechanics. He was a mechanical wizard who could seemingly fix anything. However, his greatest pastime was fishing with his nephews, but he especially cherished the moments spent fishing with his brother Peter. He and his brother went on several high-adventure fishing expeditions deep in the wilderness of Canada.
James is survived by his sisters Bessie Johnson and Annie Poe of Birmingham, Alabama; brother Peter and sister-in-law, Beatrice, of Afton, Virginia; and a host of nieces and nephews.
His legacy of love, mentorship, diligence, and practicality will continue to inspire and guide his family for generations to come.
A Funeral Service will be held in honor of James E. Perdue, Friday, March 3rd at 11 am at Brown-Forward, 17022 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120, followed by Military Honors at the Hillcrest Mausoleum where he will be laid to rest.
Those who wish may make contributions in his name to Heights Christian Church, 2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Hts., OH 44120.
His family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those who have expressed their condolences and especially those who frequently visited him in his final months.
The service will be live streamed on this web page.