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343 E 116th St
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Perry  Smith

Perry Smith

Monday, March 8th, 1943 - Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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Perry Lovelace Smith (a.k.a. Lace, P-Funk, Hi-Pockets, Lovely, Perriwinkle, Wild-Man Fargo and King Joffe-Joffer) was born on Monday, March 8, 1943, at 8:30 a.m. to parents Pauline Smith Boston and Wallace Boston in Augusta, Georgia. He was the eldest of eight children, Franklyn, Dorothy, Gertrude, Jean, Robert, Shirley and Nadine.

After moving from Augusta, Perry was raised in Brooklyn, New York where he attended and graduated from Boys High School.

At a very young age, Perry acquired a great love for playing the drums, dancing and singing. Playing the drums was his first love. He played and sang with different performers and groups in the states and abroad (i.e. The Crests, Joe Frazier and The Knockouts, Wilson Pickett, The Pazant Brothers and The Beaufort Express, Charlie Lucas, Millie Jackson, Sammy Gordon & The Hip Huggers, Melba Moore, Lenis Guess, Frank Dell & the New York Connection, Ray Schinnery and a host of others.)

Perry's other profession was a security officer at The MTA on Madison Avenue for over thirty years with his brothers in the name of love, Ray,Tony,Esau, Dain and Blood.

In recent years when he was in good health, Perry enjoyed spending time with family, watching TV and hugging his "girlfriend", the remote. :)

He leaves behind to cherish fond memories: his wife Claudia; sons, Jason, Michael, and Curtis; granddaughter Jada; sisters, Jean Sharpe, Nadine Boston, brothers, Robert Boston; Aaron "Sharky" Thompson, Dennis Thomas (his brothers in the name of love);mother-in-law, Carrie Anderson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Vickie & John Tetsola, Rochelle & Jacob Lacewell, Beverlyn & Raymond Tucker, Tracey Anderson & Laverne Tapley, James & Connie Anderson, Debra Bush and Melvin Anderson; his nieces, Tamika and Nikole; nephews, Daniel, Nicholas, Jermaine; Goddaughters, Airaina Griffin Knight, Eva Janae Shakesphere, Nikole Clayton and a host of other family members and friends.

Perry may have passed on but he will
forever remain in our hearts and in our minds.
He will truly be missed.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    George H. Weldon Funeral Home
    353 East 116th Street
    NEW YORK, NY 10029
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 10:00am
    George H. Weldon Funeral Home
    353 East 116th Street
    NEW YORK, NY 10029
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  • Interment

    Ferncliff Cemetery
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David Longworth

Posted at 08:02am
Dear Smith Family, my deepest condolences to you. I met Perry many years ago, as a young musician, a drummer. His friendship and support meant everything to me. I have many cherished memories of times with him. I'll never forget his 'Persuadeator' stick!
Sincerely, David Longworth

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