Funeral services for Hays Perry, 90 of Giddings, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings, Texas with Rev. Robert Tiner and Vicar Josh Hahn officiating. Burial will follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hays Thomas Perry was born at home in Burleson County, Texas on September 7, 1931 to James Thomas “J.T.” Perry & Mary Ann (Brinkman) Perry.
He attended school in the Birdsong Community of Burleson County. Hays was baptized at Communion of Liberty Baptist Church in 1949 and was confirmed on December 21, 1954 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. Max Studtmann. His confirmation verse was Matthew 28:20, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” On September 18, 1954, he was married to Helen Wagner at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. Max Studtmann. They were blessed with two sons, Clayton and Kenneth. Hays began farming when he was a young man before going to work at Superior Dairies as a mechanic. He then went to work at Alcoa as a pot room operator before eventually owning and operating Perry Plumbing in Giddings for over 45 years. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, camping, playing dominoes, working cattle, and watching football games, especially the Giddings Buffaloes and the Texas A&M Aggies. He especially enjoyed the family get togethers with the Perry and Wagner families.
Hays passed away the morning of Saturday, February 26, 2022 at his home in Giddings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.T. “Tom” & Mary Ann Perry; three brothers, Clyde Perry, James Perry, and John W. “Bubba” Perry; four sisters, Viola & Rudolph Milek, Mary Jane & L.D. Poehl, Hermenia & Frank Reininger, and Margie & Wilburn Cowan and; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ben & Lena Wagner; sisters-in-law, Stella Perry and Anna Rose Perry; brother-in-law, Buddy Turner, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Otto & Geneva Lay.
Hays is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Perry of Giddings; two sons, Clayton Perry of San Antonio and Kenneth & Debbie Perry of Giddings; five grandchildren, Sean Perry of Bastrop, Beau & Trina Perry of Austin, Amanda & Shaun Willhite of Virginia, Devon & Katie Perry of Cypress, and Stacey Perry of Houston; eight great grandchildren, Tricia Perry of Giddings, Nathan Perry of San Marcos, Trevyn Perry of Bastrop, Madelyn, Vivian & Kimberlyn Willhite of Virginia, and Kaden & Caleb Trahan of Cypress; one great, great grandson, Cairo Bullard of Giddings; one sister, Alma Turner of Martindale; three brothers, E. D. Perry of Caldwell, Gerald Perry of Houston, and Daniel Perry of Caldwell; five sisters-in-law, Irene Perry of Caldwell, Laura Perry of Dime Box, Rosa Lee Perry of Caldwell, Cedelle & James Schramm of La Grange, and Susan & Harry Dube of Pinehurst; one brother-in-law, Willie & Judy Wagner of La Grange, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Perry, Mike Perry, Jeffery Perry, Darrell Perry, Preston Perry, Tom Turner, Calvin Lay, and Richard Wagner.
Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Ring the Bell Campaign, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or to the charity of one’s choice.