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Perry Merrill White, Jr., M. D., died on February 20, 2017. He was born on October 11, 1925 to Mary Gladys Shelton and Perry Merrill White in Texarkana, Arkansas. Perry grew up in Maud, Texas, the oldest of seven children. He served in the US navy during WW II, Perry graduated from Baylor University and Baylor University College of Medicine. While at Baylor, he met the love of his life, Katherine (Kay) Freeman. They married on December 23, 1947. After receiving his M.D., they moved to Spearman, Texas, where Perry was in general practice. In 1957, they moved to Augusta, GA, for his orthopedic residency. Perry was a founding doctor in the Atlanta Orthopedic Clinic, and later White-Hancock Orthopedics. Perry headed the Surgery Residency Program at Georgia Baptist Hospital, and as such, trained many of the orthopedists practicing today. After an early retirement, he returned to work as an independent contractor for the Social Security Disability administration where he continued to work until his death. He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. Perry was active in his church serving as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother Benjamin Bruce White, M. D. Katherine and Perry had four children. Perry Merrill (Janet) White, Georgia Lynette White, Katherine Landis (Henry) White Long, and John David (Sharon) White, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also has two sisters, Mary Fern Richardson, Vivian Rosalind (Hal Dean) Lorance, and three brothers James Decker (Gloria) White, Richmond Pierson (Jane) White, and Wade Shelton (Myra) White. Visitation will be at Carmichael Funeral Home, 2950 King St SE, Smyrna, Ga 30380 from 7-8 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service for both Perry and Katherine will be held at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in memory of Perry be made to Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, or to Haggai Institute, P.O. Box 13, Atlanta, GA 30370.
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