On June 2, 1949, Frances Perry was born to Coleman Alexander, Sr. and Callie Alexander in Jonesboro Arkansas. She entered her heavenly estate and eternal rest with the Lord on October 26, 2023. Affectionately known as “good girl” or “GG”, Frances always exhibited a kind and gracious spirit. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized into the body of Christ at Grays Creek Church in Arlington, TN. She attended Matthew Elementary, Fields Elementary, and W.P. Ware High School in Somerville, TN.
On December 30th, 1972, Frances was happily married to the love of her life Thomas Perry. After wedding her high school sweetheart, she immersed herself into their union and excelled in her portrayal of a devoted wife. Her commitment to their love was expressed through her service to their children and through the intricate detail she gave to manage their home. She was an excellent cook and baker who enjoyed laying out wonderful meals for her family to enjoy after church on Sunday. Frances loved to walk to burn calories and she would occasionally walk several miles each day for exercise.
Frances loved helping others and the Lord opened a door for her to express this desire at Metro Nashville Public Schools. Her employment allowed her to serve children and those with special needs in several schools across the Nashville area such as: Glenview Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle School, J.E. Moss Elementary School, H.G. Hill Middle School, Mt. View Elementary, and Thomas Edison Elementary School. Her reliability and dependability to assist was an asset in the classroom where she helped in both the Language Impaired and Low Resource areas. She was a voice for at risk students and advocated for them to receive the best education possible. She had a big heart and was always willing to help her coworkers, friends, and neighbors.
Frances truly loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and body. Her home was filled with several copies of the Jesus Calling devotional, which she read daily because she loved how it was written to position the reader to converse with God. As a faithful member of Lake Providence MBC, she frequently attended early morning worship service. Known for her exquisite hat collection, she rarely missed service as it was her time to fellowship with her church family and collectively receive encouragement from the Lord alongside other believers. She also utilized her welcoming smile and warm spirit while actively serving on the Greeters ministry.
Frances Perry was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Perry, brother Coleman Alexander, sisters Rose Alexander, Bessie Shegog, and Mary Alexander. Her memories are survived by sons Thomas Perry (Nia) and Alex Perry (Adreena), five grandchildren: Nala Rai Perry, Eden Bre Perry, John Thomas Perry, Anaya DeAnn Perry, Ayden Thomas Perry, her four sisters: Callie Alexander, Cora Atkins (Rev. Wilbert), Ruth Partee, Corene Patterson, and one brother: David Alexander (Daurice). She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to celebrate her legacy.