Fallen Hero: Retired Sergeant First Class James Roy (Joe) Perry


Funeral Home

McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service. 

4817 Commerce St Grenada, MS



A time of remembrance will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2024 at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service. 


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on March 18, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Sergeant First Class James Roy (Joe) Perry, age 84, who had served within the MSARNG in the has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Mr. James Roy “Joe” Perry, 84, of Holcomb, passed away Monday, March 18, 2024 at his residence.  He was born June 19, 1939 in Grenada to Charles Crump and Louise Timmons Perry.  Joe worked for many years at Heatcraft in Grenada and also served in the Mississippi Army National Guard, retiring as a Sergeant First Class.  Joe loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing and duck hunting.  He also enjoyed gardening and had mastered the art of tomato growing.  He was a lifelong Presbyterian.  As a young man, Joe gained vast knowledge of cattle farming as he worked alongside his Dad at his sale barn in Grenada.  He also passed this on to his children and grandchildren as they still have cattle and enjoy riding horses today.    

A time of remembrance will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2024 at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.  Private burial will follow in the Perry Family Plot in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Grenada.    

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Perry; two daughters, Stephanie Smith(Eric) of Booneville and Iva Jane Modisette(Mark) of Holcomb; one son, Jimbo Perry(Chellsee) of Holcomb; brother, Charles “Sonny” Perry, Jr.(Judee) of Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren, Monroe Perry(Madilyn), James Allen “Chunky” Boatman, Alivia Moore, Laney Jane Modisette, Mark Lane “Boogie” Modisette, Jr., Esme Smith and Ella Rose Perry; one great-grandchild, Liam Monroe Perry; niece, Robin Hood and nephew, Chuck Perry.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two nephews, Jody and Bobby Perry.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).