First Posted: 12/3/2009
A long-time member and former president of the Surry County Chapter of the NAACP has died.
Perry March, who served as president of the local NAACP chapter from 2007 until 2009 and remained influential in that group died Sunday after battling stomach cancer for more than a year.
Faye Carter, the president of the Surry County Chapter of the NAACP, said March encouraged her to run for the office after he stepped down while fighting his illness.
He was very instrumental in the community very instrumental in the NAACP. He fought for justice for all mankind, Carter said. He just got excited about fellowshipping and being with people. He will be greatly missed in the Surry County branch. He encouraged me in so many ways. I cant say enough good things about him. Weve all lost a very dear friend, Carter said.
March attended Surry County Schools and graduated from North Surry High School in 1978. He graduated from the Northern Hospital of Surry County School of Medical Technology in 1985. He later graduated from Surry Community College and received his registry from the American Medical Technologists in 1989. March was working at UNC-Greensboro and to get an advanced degree at Winston-Salem State University until the time of his illness.
He was employed at the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, Va. He also worked at hospital in Danbury, Va. and at R.J. Reynolds Patrick Memorial Hospital of Stuart, Va. and at Northern Hospital of Surry County. He also worked at Spectrum Laboratories in Winston-Salem and at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.
Jenny York, long-time friend, worked with at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
He had a way with words, and a way with people, she said about March. He was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2008. He fought until the very last day, York said.
Anise Hickman was a friend of Marchs and said he will be missed by all those who knew him.
He was a super nice person. He was so smart. Even when he was sick, he was sure to call his pastor every Sunday morning to let him know that he couldnt make it, Hickman said.
March was a lifetime and very active member of Mount Calvary Methodist Church. He was the lay leader and steward of the church. He was the pastors assistant and was the superintendent of Sunday school. He held an office on the Christian Board of Education.
He loved to sing. He was very involved in his church. Even within his working community he will be missed. He thrived on life, Carter said. Perry is really going to be missed.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Triumphant Pentecostal Church, 183 Marshall Farm Road, Mount Airy. Family will receive friends from 11 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.