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Charles David Perry Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1940 - 2020

Charles David PerryCharles David Perry took the checkered flag on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 after running a wonderful race and is now in Heaven celebrating. He was born on May 19, 1940 in Barboursville, WV, to the late Virgil Guy and Lena Perry. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Perry, a brother Paul Perry (Swan), step-daughters Debra Fuller (Joe) and Sara Beth Ratliff (David), and grandsons Nathaniel, John and Christian Ratliff. Also he leaves behind a son Jeff Blofeld (Tammy) and granddaughter Ashley, and special nephews and nieces Steve, Lisa, Rick, and Linda. He was a longtime member of Elmwood Missionary Baptist Church. Charlie was a gentle, humble person and a hard-worker. His first job was working for Sharp’s Garage, at age 13. He had a passion for cars and racing and he learned to drive at age 10. As a young teenager, he was known to have taken a few “joyrides” out Martha Road. As a young man he began a race car driving career that lasted over 40 years. He raced his blue 21 car most every weekend during the summer months at tracks throughout WV, Ohio and Kentucky. He won many times and was inducted in the WV Motorsports Hall of Fame. After managing a garage and service station on Martha Road for 5 years, he was asked to join the Cabell County BOE where he worked from 1973 until his retirement in 2006. He served as a Foreman for the Transportation Department. Charlie also enjoyed the outdoors and was a co-owner of a cabin in Pendleton County with friends. He had wonderful times there with his buddies during deer season and with his family in the summers. Following retirement Charlie and Libby enjoyed traveling to the mountains and the beach with family, as well as several cruises including Alaska and Hawaii. More recently he could be seen with his black German Shepherd and faithful friend, Bella, riding around Barboursville in his red Ford truck. Charlie was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Gordon Rutherford with visitation beginning at noon. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Due to recent health concerns, social distancing is appreciated. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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There are currently 13 condolences.

Deborah King
Sunday May 24, 2020 at 7:36 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss of Charlie. He will be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.
Brenda Tanner
Saturday May 23, 2020 at 11:33 AM

Libby, John and I were so sorry to hear about Charlie. He was a great guy! Hugs and prayers to you and your family. John and Brenda Tanner
Chris Summers
Friday May 22, 2020 at 5:14 PM

Mrs. Perry, so sorry about your loss. I well remember his kindness as well as yours during my time in middle school. My family is keeping you in our thoughts.
John Wilson
Friday May 22, 2020 at 9:55 AM

My sympathies to the family. I watched him race his metallic blue 21 in races in WV, OH and KY...asphalt and dirt. There is no question, he was an outstanding driver.
Bill & Susan Wheeler
Friday May 22, 2020 at 7:17 AM

Libby, our deepest sympathy goes out to you in the loss of Charlie. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Todd & Connie Neil & Family
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 7:56 PM

From the whole Neil Family. We are sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. My brother and I use to go to Charlie’s garage on Martha Road and watch him work on his race cars. Charlie was a special person will be greatly missed. Condolences to the whole family, God Bless.
Jim and Beryl Myers
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 3:15 PM

Lib, We were sorry to hear about Charlie. Jim and the boys enjoyed the races with him at Ona.
Karen Dotson
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 10:47 AM

Lib and family, I am so sorry for the loss of such a lovely man God bless.
Paul and Elaine Johnson
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 8:12 AM

Heartfelt sympathies on your loss Libby and family. Uncle Charlie was one of a kind, they won't be making anymore like him.Nothing but fond memories of our visits, he will certainly be missed. Godspeed Charlie. Paul and Elaine Johnson
Carroll Justice
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 5:48 AM

I enjoyed my association with Charlie over the years having known him for years. He was a fine person and a pleasure to do business with. You have my deepest sympathy. K564P
Jennifer Rutherford
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 5:36 AM

I sure am going to miss Charlie and us talk about racing, Charlie was such a sweetheart who’ll be truly missed
john c dillon
Thursday May 21, 2020 at 2:54 AM

So sorry for your loss and know he will be missed. Take care Libby. You are in our prayers.
Sally Young Waddell
Wednesday May 20, 2020 at 8:11 PM

Libby and family, prayers for you and yours at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.

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