Robert McLurkin Perry

Robert McLurkin Perry Dies; Kershaw Banker, Lumberman

KERSHAW, Sept. 25 (Special) – Robert McLurkin Perry, prominent Kershaw banker and lumberman, died at 2:30 this afternoon at his home here after several years of illness. His age was 73.

The son of the late Presbyterian minister, the Rev. R. D. Perry, and Isabelle McLurkin Perry, he was born May 22, 1882 in Chester County.

Mr. Perry attended the Chester schools and as a young man went to Sumter where he was employed by a Sumter bank. In 1912 he came to Kershaw where he had accepted a position as manager of the Kershaw Lumber Co. Under his guidance the company expended rapidly.

Some years ago he was made president of the lumber company and in 1954 he and his family purchased the firm outright.

He was also president of the Camden Lumber Co. and was formerly president of the Blaney Lumber Co.

Above five years ago, Mr. Perry was made president of the Bank of Kershaw, a position he continued to hold until the time of his death.

He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, having served in that capacity many years. He was keenly interested in all the affairs of the church. His influence and leadership contributed to many civic and business enterprise and for a number of years he was a member of the board of trustees of the Kershaw Schools and a member of the Town Council.

In 1907 he was married to the former Etta Truesdale of Kershaw. She died in December, 1940. Four children of this marriage survive.

In 1944 he was married to the former Margaret McLurkin Cousar, who survives, with his two sons, Ira Mills Perry of Kershaw and Camden and W. R. Perry of Kershaw; two daughters, Mrs. T. C. Middleton of Jefferson and Mrs. Leroy S. Croxton, Jr., of Kershaw; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Earl Perry of Kershaw; one sister, Miss Mary Perry of Columbia; two half-sisters, Mrs. Nell Martin and Miss Kathleen Perry of Chapel Hill, N. C., and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday from the First Presbyterian Church of Kershaw by the Rev. F. Clay Doyle, pastor. Burial will be in the Kershaw Cemetery.

September 26, 1955  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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