David Perdue

David Russell Perdue

May 3, 1934 - January 24, 2021
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David Russell Perdue, 86, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, January 24, 2021.

He was born May 3, 1934, the second son of the late J. A. Perdue, JR. and the late Elise Russell Perdue. He grew up in Pine Bluff attending schools there, graduating from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he was a member and consul of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he received a commission as lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force.

David married Karen Dare Terry on September 23, 1956.

He spent one year serving in Korea and completed his duty as a Captain at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He and his family moved back to Pine Bluff where he rejoined his father, uncle and brother in the Perdue Company.

David had many varied interests. He loved history and particularly the American Civil War. He published a book on this subject, “They Never Came Back”. David also supervised the rebuilding of a Gatling Gun belonging to the Old State House during his affiliation with the Arkansas History Commission. Additionally, he served as an Elder in Central Presbyterian Church, Pine Bluff. David also served as a board member for the Pine Bluff Symphony, Simmons Bank, Trinity Village, Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Pine Bluff Rotary Club, Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation, Central Transformer, Arkansas State History Commission-Chairman.

His favorite sport was hunting, particularly duck hunting.

David was also a founding member of Jefferson Wildlife Foundation, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Society, Jefferson County Ducks Unlimited and Grumpy Old Men’s Duck Club. He served as a Judge and Emcee for the Stuttgart Duck Calling contest for three years and a duck guide at Circle T for 16 years. David was an Alumni of the University of Arkansas Alumni 1956.

David was Vice president and owner of The Perdue Company. He was awarded Jefferson Davis medal from VDC, retired U. S. Air Force Veteran Captain.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, J.A. Perdue, III and Richard M. Perdue.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Karen Terry Perdue; two sons, David (Tana) Perdue, Jr. and Paul (Lisa) Perdue; daughter, Melissa (Rick) Tucker; grandchildren, Colin (Brianna) Tucker, Wells (Sydney) Tucker, Dylan Priest, Fletcher Perdue, Marie Perdue, Kessler Perdue, Blair Elise Perdue and Alexander Perdue; and great-grandchildren, Camille Tucker and James Tucker.

Private services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2021 with the Dr. John Landis officiating. Interment will be private.

Services will be livestreamed on and on the Ralph Robinson and Son Facebook page. All current Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.

Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

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    Friday, January 29, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, January 29, 2021 10:30am
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Jan and Guy Phillips McFarlane

Posted at 02:52pm
Guy & I send our prayers. Our hope is that David has found our sweet Kay 'cold as crowd' & their reunion is filled with God's Peace & Joy!

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John R. Love

Posted at 06:51pm
So sorry for your loss. I always thought a lot of David, he was a good boss, and a good friend. I have many fond memories of him. J. R. Love

Stephanie Frase

Posted at 01:55pm
Karen , Melissa and family I am saddened to hear of David’s passing. I am glad to have known him and will remember him fondly.

Ed Smith

Posted at 11:51am
Karen, Melissa, David & Paul... I was so saddened to hear of David's passing. And sad for the end of that generation of Perdues. I know they, along with Dad and Uncle Jack, are all catching up, telling stories & jokes, and having a grand ol' time. I'm sure there is chocolate involved, too! Meanwhile we are left here to try to fill the void, which only time can heal. David was always more of an uncle to me than a cousin. He was a great man in so many ways. I loved the stories he would tell me about Dad growing up. It certainly was a different time that most cannot appreciate today. You all are in my prayers and thoughts. May God lift your spirits as you continue living your lives with a part of David within. Love, Ed Smith

Ann Snuggs

Posted at 10:20pm
Karen, Melissa and all the family, my deepest sympathy to you all. David was such a good man and so kind and helpful to so many. I was so grieved to hear of his passing. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers.
Love and hugs.
Ann Snuggs

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