Mr. Perez died on Friday, January 26, 2007, at 3 a.m., at South Miami Hospital following a long illness.
Mr. Perez was born on April 30, 1930, in Miami, Fla. He was the son of Betty Perez Jones of Canton, NC, and the late Ben Perez.
Mr. Perez was retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves with 37 years; retired Civil Service at Homestead Air Force Base with 37 years of service; and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corp (1950-53).
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, Aubrey and Docia Oakley from Cadiz.
Survivors in addition to his mother include his wife of 57 years, Lawana Oakley Perez; two sons and daughter-in-law, Barry and Francine Perez of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Bruce Perez of Homestead, Fla.; a daughter, Linda Perez Sayre of Eustis, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Chris, Kyle, Kari, and Ashley.
Local survivors include brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mike Oakley, Gary and Mary Oakley, Vance and Freda Oakley, Bobbie Oakley Perry, and Iduma Oakley Reddick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Diabetes Foundation.