Francisco Antonio “Tony” Perez

Francisco Antonio “Tony” Perez
April 01, 1927 – July 28, 2021

Tony Perez, 94, of Camden, SC, died on July 28, 2021.

Tony was born on April 1, 1927, in Anasco, Puerto Rico the son of Teresa Perez and Antonio Francisco Perez, Sr. and resided in Puerto Rico until his teenage years when he moved to Hampton, Virginia with his family. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Sumter, South Carolina where he met his wife of 21 years, Kathleen Plowden.

Tony was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Camden Country Club. He was also Life Member of the Kershaw Lodge of the Ancient Free Masons and a proud member of the American Legion Post 17 in Camden. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Tony, along with his wife Kathleen, owned several restaurants in Camden including Johnnie’s, The Pines Drive-In, and M & K Restaurant on Dekalb Street.

If you knew Tony, you would know he talked with everyone and that everyone was his friend. He was so proud of all of his children and grandchildren and loved them so much. He never missed a moment to talk about his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren and of course show photos.

Tony is survived by his three children, Anthony Perez, and his wife, Cindy, of Camden, John Perez, and his wife, Mary, of Mt. Pleasant, and Michele Perez Baitsholts and her husband, Todd, of Raleigh, NC; six grandchildren, Richard Perez of Mt. Pleasant, Samuel N Perez of Mt. Pleasant, John Gaillard Perez of Charlotte, NC, Cantey Perez of West Palm Beach, FL, Tara Baitsholts Brewer and her husband, JB, of Raleigh, NC, and Shelby Baitsholts of Brooklyn, NY; and three great-grandchildren Isabelle, Mary Caroline and Elizabeth.

In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny.

A private family service will be held at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina. A Celebration of Life for family and friends of Tony will be held on August 13th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the home of Cindy Perez, 520 Hampton Street, Camden, SC. Condolences may be made online at In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to The Honor Flight Network, Box L-4016, Columbus, Ohio 43260-4016.

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