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1932 Sara 2023

Sara S. Perry

January 4, 1932 — December 1, 2023


Sara Stembridge Perry, 91, of Hoover, Alabama passed away on December 1, 2023.  Sara was born January 4, 1932, to the late Walter Eugene and Sallie Mae Beckham Stembridge of Newton, Alabama.  She graduated from Newton High School in 1950 and from Huntingdon College in the Centennial Class of 1954. Sara majored in Spanish and minored in English and French while earning a Teacher’s Certificate.  She subsequently was employed by the State of Alabama. 

Sara married James T. Perry of Kinston, Alabama in November 1957 following his service in the U.S. Army.   The couple resided and was employed in Montgomery, Alabama.  Their son, David, was born in 1960.

The family moved to Birmingham in 1961. They joined Bluff Park United Methodist Church and were members of the Friendship Sunday School Class for over 50 years.  Sara served on the Administrative Board and other various committees as well as the Communications Chair for more than 25 years.

Being supportive of civic activities, Sara served on the Huntingdon College Alum Board and was awarded the Loyalty Award.  She was an officer on the Bluff Park Art Association Board, the Hoover Beautification Board, the Hoover Arts Alliance Board, the Hoover Service Club, the Bluff Park Elementary School PTA, and the Rosebud Society.  Sara volunteered at the Birmingham Museum of Art in the museum store.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Perry, her parents, Walter and Sallie Mae Stembridge, her brother-in-law, W.I. Rainwater, and her sister-in-law, Carol Stembridge.  She is survived by her son, David Perry (Sharon); grandson, Dr. Brandon Perry (Alli); three great-grandchildren, Audrey, Reese, and Thomas Perry; brother, Dr. J.D. Stembridge; and sister, Angeline Rainwater. 

There will be Graveside Service at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 10:15 a.m.; then there will be a Memorial Service at Buff Park United Methodist Church {733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL 35226} at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Bluff Park Methodist Church                                                                                                                         733 Valley Street                                                                                                                                                  Hoover, AL 35226

Or to

Huntingdon College                                                                                                                                           1500 East Fairview Avenue                                                                                                                               Montgomery, AL 36106     

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Service Schedule

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

10:15 - 10:30 am (Central time)

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Memorial Service

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Central time)

Bluff Park United Methodist Church

733 Valley Street, Birmingham, AL 35226

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