|Birth: ||May 5, 1910|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 1956|
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Perry, an American novelist, World War II correspondent and one of the highest paid popular magazine contributors of his time, spent his growing-up years in the Rockdale he so often wrote about. George's maternal grandmother was a member of his household from the time of his birth, and with the early deaths of both of his parents, she was the main influence during many of his formative years, as lovingly written about in My Granny Van, The Running Battle of Rockdale, Texas (1949). He married the love of his life, Claire Hodges, on the 20th of February 1933 in her hometown of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. They would remained devoted to each other until his death, and had no children. In 1937, the Saturday Evening Post published the first in a long series of stories by Perry. His 1941 novel, Hold Autumn in Your Hand, won the Texas Institute of Letters award, was the first Texas book to win the National Book Award, and was made into a movie called The Southerner.
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Perry Rites Set Tuesday. Rockdale, Texas (AP). -- Funeral services for George Sessions Perry, writer and native of Texas, will be held here Tuesday [19th Feb 1957]. His body was found Wednesday in Connecticut after he had been missing two months. Tentative funeral arrangements were reported by J.B. Newton, a relative. The hour has not been set. Mrs. Perry is expected to arrive Saturday by plane in Houston, where she will be met by her brother, Bill Hodges, Beaumont. They will come immediately to Rockdale, near where Perry maintained a ranch. The body of Perry, an arthritis victim, was found in a tidal stream near his Connecticut home. . . . Dallas Morning News. February 16, 1957
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"Perry wrote with lifelong affection about his hometown, first as a novelist and later as a magazine journalist. 'Rockdale, my hometown, is Texas' heart and a significant part of its soul,' Perry wrote in his book, Texas: A World Unto Itself." . . . Clay Coppedge at texasescapes.com . . .
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Andrew Preston Perry (1873 - 1922)
Laura Vandeventer Crump (1883 - 1925)
Claire E Hodges Perry (1909 - 1975)*
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Rockdale (Milam County)
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Record added: Sep 16, 2010
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I obtained a copy of Walls Rise Up in the 1950's when I was young. Have always treasured it. I have since collected all, but maybe one, of your books. You were a good writer. I am sorry that the war had such an impact on you.|
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