Roosevelt Perry

March 12, 1934 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Roosevelt Perry Obituary

MyDa Story
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12 NIV
Humble beginnings
Roosevelt Perry, affectionately known as “Boo Jack,” was born on March 12, 1934, to the proud parents of Jack and Roberta Perry in Yazoo, Mississippi, (both parents preceded him in death). He was the second child born (his siblings, L. C. Perry, Mary Donerson, Hattie Stringer, and
Annie Bell Sission preceded him in death).
Growing Up
At a very young age, Boo Jack learned the value of money. He began working at the age of 9 un- der the supervision of his grandfather. In 1951, at the age of 17, his parents decided to relocate the family to Chicago, Illinois. He worked various construction jobs, one being the renova- tion of the Buckingham Fountain. Roosevelt married the love of his life, Callie Mae Perry, on December 18, 1954 (Callie preceded him in death). To this union, eleven children were born (Roosevelt Jr., Anthony Sr., Annette, and Darryl Sr., all preceded him in death). He was given the loving name of “MyDa” from his first-born child but was a father to many including sever- al of his grandchildren, Kanitha, Kelita, Gregory, Derrick, Kytrah (Dimples), Jerel’, Kamisa, Kaaliyah, Jared, and Ethan. He also was a loving uncle, helping raise L. C. and Margia Perry’s children, the late Lucius, Joyce, Reginald, Brenda, Michael, the late Michelle, and Bobbie. To-
gether with his wife, Callie, they built a legacy of love, faith, and family.
Doing Great Works
In 1961, MyDa became a long-tenured employee with BFI Waste Management. He retired in 1992 after working 31 years as a truck driver. Myda was tightly knitted to his family and held them close to his heart. After retirement, he dedicated his time to traveling and vacationing with his children, grandchildren, and family. He persevered through many challenges; he had a foundation rooted in God and knew to call on the name of Jesus. MyDa was a man who end- ed each day on his knees in prayer. He was a faithful member of Chance Ministries under the leadership of Pastor William L. Martin, Sr., until his health began to decline. While there, he was respectfully given the name “Papa Perry” from his Chance family. He enjoyed spending
time with all he loved. He was a jokester to the very end, filling our hearts with laughter.
Heavenly departure
On Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 11:40 a.m. MyDa was surrounded by his children and
grandchildren as he was summoned by his Father in Heaven and guided home.
To carry on the legacy of MyDa’s memories, he leaves five daughters, Valarie Barnes (hus- band, Gregory Sr., deceased), Deborah (Jerry) McCullum, Laura, Kytrah, and Kelitha (Mat- thew) Bannister; three sons, Gregory, Timothy (Stephanie), and David Perry; daughter-in- law, Carla Perry; twenty-two grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jerelean Allen and Elizabeth Mackey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends too many to mention.

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January 6, 2024

10:00 AM
New Evangelical Bible Church
4636 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60644

Funeral Service
January 6, 2024

11:00 AM
New Evangelical Bible Church
4636 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60644

Interment following funeral service
January 6, 2024

Restvale Cemetery
11700 S Laramie Ave
Alsip, IL 60803


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