A Time to be Born:
Estella Marie George Perry was born in Bainbridge (Decatur County), Georgia, the younger of two siblings to the late Idella Gibson and the late Leo George. Estella along with her sister, Magnolia Neal Sherman (who preceded her in death), was nurtured during their adolescent years at the knee of the grandparents, the late Peter and Susan Gibson.
A Time to be Educated:
Estella attended the public schools of Decatur County graduating from Mount Moriah High School in Climax, Georgia. She continued her education at Albany State College receiving a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
A Time to be United:
Estella was joined in union to the late Arthur Davis Perry, Jr. of Dawson (Terrell County), Georgia. To this union, one son was given (Michael Leroy Perry).
A Time to be Employed:
Estella started her teaching career in the public schools of Grady County (Cairo), Georgia. Estella relocated to Albany, Georgia, where she became gainfully employed for 20 years as a teacher in the Lee County Public School System (Leesburg, Georgia).
A Time for Spiritual Dedication:
At a young age, Estella accepted a relationship with Christ and joined the St. Mary African Methodist Episcopal Church of Climax, Georgia. In later years after relocating to Albany, Georgia, she joined Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. During years of dedicated service, she served as a Steward, President of Stewardess Board #3, President of Choir #1, Class Leader, a member of Bethel Housing Board, and over the clothing bank at Bethel.
A Time to Depart:
One of Estella’s most beloved scriptures, “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, therefore, there is a crown of righteousness waiting for me” took new meaning on April 5, 2022, when she departed this life and moved peacefully into the arms of the Master.
She leaves to mourn in passing: her devoted son, Michael L. Perry (Nasha); four grandchildren, Job Esau Perry (Heidi) (Akron, Ohio), Yosefua Perry, Quintabatha Perry, and Estella Perry (Valdosta, Georgia), six great-grands; one God-daughter & son, Margaret Coney-Nix & Melvin Nix (Albany, Georgia); two beloved God-granddaughters, Victoria and Violet Jones (Albany, Georgia); and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousin, and friends.