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Charlene Frankie (Rivers) Perdue

December 28, 1927 ~ June 23, 2019 (age 91)


Charlene Perdue passed away Sunday morning June 23, 2019, at the age of 91.  A visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Saturday June 29, 2019, at Day Spring Baptist Church with the funeral service commencing at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Tiffani Harris will be officiating.  Interment will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday July 3, 2019, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.  Rev. Bill Perdue will officiate. 

Mrs. Perdue was born December 28, 1927, in Waco, Texas, the daughter of the late Walter Wardman and Troy Jim (Woodruff) Rivers.

Charlene was named after her brother Charles who died tragically just a few months before she was born.  As the youngest of six children she was the baby of the family, dearly loved and coddled by her older siblings.  Her life centered around the church which was led by her Baptist pastor father.  After being named Valedictorian at Electra High School, she left home for Baylor University, where it didn’t take her long to find a prospective young Baptist preacher to marry and continue her love for Jesus Christ and His church.  She was a talented musician, playing both Piano and Organ.  An art major in college, she loved to illustrate devotional lessons by “Chalktalks,” and later in life studied watercolor art and produced many lovely watercolor paintings.

With her husband, Bill, she loved to travel and made several trips to Israel and Europe and Hawaii, took a mission trip to Guadalajara and visited family in Japan.     

Upon retirement, she moved to Canyon Lake with her husband.  Although he died after only living there five years, she remained there serving as lake hostess to family and friends for another seventeen years.  Nothing made her happier than to be surrounded by family.  In 2016 in declining health, she moved to Hewitt to live with family.  She loved Dayspring Baptist Church very much and enjoyed playing the piano for Dayspring worship services at Ridgecrest Nursing Home.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Truett Rivers, Charles Rivers; three sisters, Ruth Williams, Lois Segrest and Evelyn Lowag.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Perdue and wife Susan, David Perdue and wife Judy, Robert Perdue and wife Karen, Jimmy Perdue and wife Rhonda; one daughter, Judy Brown and husband David; eighteen grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren.

For those desiring, the family has suggested Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society, 2170 Old Sattler Road, Canyon Lake, Texas, for memorial contributions.

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June 29, 2019

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Dayspring baptist Church
7900 Renewal Way
Waco, TX 76710

Funeral Service
June 29, 2019

10:00 AM
Dayspring baptist Church
7900 Renewal Way
Waco, TX 76710

July 3, 2019

2:00 PM
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio

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