Thread: My Dad William K. Perryman

greggswoman - 9/20/2006 at 04:03 AM



William K. "Bill" Perryman was born May 23, 1920, in Cisco, TX. He was one of 8 kids. At the age of 8, he watched as his father, Ben, entered into a pistol duel with a man in a JC Penney store in Cleburne, TX. After being shot several times, Ben lay on the floor as the man stood over him and attempted to "finish him off." But before the man could fire his gun, Ben took a knife and fatally stabbed him. Ben stood up, walked to the door, put his arm around a badly shaken young Bill, and proceeded to walk down the street. After walking a block, he collapsed to the pavement. Ben was hospitalized, where he later died, leaving Bill the man of the house.

This is just one of the many many many stories of my dad's life. Dad worked on a ranch as a young boy to help his mother with money. Later on, he joined the Army, which is where this picture was taken. He was 18.

Dad was 1/4 Cherokee and 1/8 Creek. He was a hard living and hard working man who weathered many tragedies in life. At the age of 13, he lost his older sister Katherine who was 15 and was Dad's best friend, to pneumonia. He felt that loss for the rest of his life. He married in 1940 to a beautiful red-head, Ione, and had 3 sons. Ione passed away in 1953, leaving him with those 3 small boys to raise. He later married again to Marie, my mom, and had a son. Later on, they adopted me. Though Marie was a loving person, she battled demons of her own, and was not a dependable person. Dad was left to raise us all on his own. He worked hard. He lived hard. And he took damned good care of his kids.

He had an appreciation for horses, having worked on a ranch at such a young age. His passion was race horses and he trained many. But the oil field was where he earned his bread and butter to take care of us. He hated it, but endured it. And was known in West Texas to be one of the best workers in the industry. You see, he was a perfectionist, and the job wasn't done until it was done right.

Dad also had an appreciation for music. He couldn't play an instrument, nor sing (well he thought he couldn't anyway...I thought he had a great voice), but he sure could "cut a rug". He loved to jitterbug. The Twist was also one of his favorites. He liked all kinds of music, and as we got older and started playing instruments, he would listen while we played all the rock songs of the times. He loved it!

As you can see, Dad was a handsome man. He pretty much stayed in trouble where the ladies were concerned. LOL! So when he would go out and party, which he did do plenty of, he had no problems...if ya know what I mean.

Dad passed away April 23, 2004, just 1 month shy of his 84th birthday. Years of hard living, and to be honest hard drinking, led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. It was terribly difficult watching him decline those last few years. Being the only daughter, I was left to care for him. Besides, for many years, it was just him and me anyway. I guess you could say I was a staunch "Daddy's Girl". LOL! I like to think of him as he was: A vibrant and colorful person with a passion for living!


BigDaveOnBass - 9/20/2006 at 05:35 PM

Mitzi, your dad sounded like he didn't miss a thing in his life. I bet he was a character, the kind of people I like to be around. RIP Mr. Perryman. (My dad's name is Bill also. )


susea - 9/20/2006 at 10:40 PM

WOW Mitzi, that was quite the story. You must be so proud! As was he about you I'm sure!!


nlitndrog - 9/21/2006 at 12:40 AM

I know you cherish those memories and stories. Blessings upon you both.


greggswoman - 9/21/2006 at 01:00 AM

Thank y'all. He was definitely a character...and quite the ladies man too. LOL!! I have yet to meet someone who can out bull$h!t him too. hehehehe


RedRider - 9/30/2006 at 03:55 AM

Adopted, hell GW, you look just like him....


greggswoman - 9/30/2006 at 04:15 AM

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Adopted, hell GW, you look just like him....


I've had quite a few people tell me that. Kinda makes me wonder...hmmmm.....


RedRider - 9/30/2006 at 04:27 AM

I don't wonder but you are the best chick detective in these parts.

In a related matter, last winter I met my brother- n- laws cousin. Spitting image of his younger brother. Very freaky and knowing what I do about the family if there were blood tests done today nothing would surprise me, actually it might explain why Mom moved one time and forgot that one....

[Edited on 9/30/2006 by RedRider]


greggswoman - 10/27/2006 at 10:04 PM



I thought I'd share this one also. This was when Dad was in the Army. Dad is the one laying across the railing. LOL!!!


RedRider - 10/28/2006 at 01:26 AM

Too bad he never met Renee they could have done them some serious pole dancin....


bwrenn - 10/28/2006 at 09:36 AM

I bet you dad was a lot of fun! I know what it's like to be an only child as I am one myself but the one thing I have grown to know, your never really alone b/c those you love have have passed away never leave you, they are always with you in spirit and alive in your heart

Peace & Love
Bill


greggswoman - 10/30/2006 at 04:29 AM

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I bet you dad was a lot of fun! I know what it's like to be an only child as I am one myself but the one thing I have grown to know, your never really alone b/c those you love have have passed away never leave you, they are always with you in spirit and alive in your heart

Peace & Love
Bill


Thank you, Bill.


greggswoman - 10/30/2006 at 04:29 AM

quote:
Too bad he never met Renee they could have done them some serious pole dancin....


There ain't no doubt about that!!! hehehe


No1ToRunWith - 11/7/2006 at 07:40 PM

Wow, your Dad was a great man!


greggswoman - 11/7/2006 at 09:51 PM

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Wow, your Dad was a great man!


Thanks Eric.


muzic10 - 11/8/2006 at 02:10 AM

Hi Mitz...84 yrs is a blessing my dear. I remember a thread I had over the summer about sitting around the kitchen table with family, and that being the nucleus of any home. Your story was touchinng when you added to the whole family experience by you and your Dad actually building your table together. If I remember right, that's how that story went,,,and it is a Beautiful and meaningful memory. Thinking of your dad today Mitzi I just saw this thread today, and it is very meaningful and touching to this community.


greggswoman - 11/9/2006 at 01:41 AM

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Hi Mitz...84 yrs is a blessing my dear. I remember a thread I had over the summer about sitting around the kitchen table with family, and that being the nucleus of any home. Your story was touchinng when you added to the whole family experience by you and your Dad actually building your table together. If I remember right, that's how that story went,,,and it is a Beautiful and meaningful memory. Thinking of your dad today Mitzi I just saw this thread today, and it is very meaningful and touching to this community.


Yes...I remember that thread. We did build that table together and had all our meals there. Thank you Susie for reminding me of that. That was a very warm thread.


Gaston - 11/11/2006 at 05:22 PM

Thanks for sharing Mitzi... I love you.

[Edited on 11/11/2006 by Gaston]


greggswoman - 11/12/2006 at 01:43 AM

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Thanks for sharing Mitzi... I love you.

[Edited on 11/11/2006 by Gaston]


I LOVE YOU TOO!!!


rainy - 11/20/2006 at 04:03 AM

Mitzi what a lovely memorial you so eloquently wrote... and yes, you do resemble your dad... you are definitely his little girl...He lived a big and great life and I'm sure he was beyond happy the day you entered into it .....


greggswoman - 2/4/2007 at 12:05 AM

I've been thinking about Dad quite a bit lately. I do everyday, actually. But lately it seems more than usual. I really miss him.


RedRider - 2/4/2007 at 04:51 AM

Talking to my sister or just spending time posting some of her pictures in her thread helps me a lot Mitzi. In other words I give myself permission to miss her now and then....

I bet your Dad can hear you, I don't think he has Alzheimers in heaven. I talk to my Grandmother sometimes and I 'm pretty sure she has stopped taking her teeth out and flinging them into the bushes.....


greggswoman - 4/23/2007 at 12:28 PM

It was 3 years ago today that I lost you. I miss you more every day. Love you, Daddy.


lolasdeb - 4/23/2007 at 09:35 PM

Thinking of you, Mitzi. Time passes but some wounds are slow to heal. Hope yours is easier to bear as time goes by.


greggswoman - 5/23/2007 at 08:51 PM

Happy birthday, Dad. Still thinking of you every day.


lolasdeb - 6/15/2007 at 05:37 PM

Mitzi - will be thinking of you and your dad this weekend.


greggswoman - 6/17/2007 at 05:17 PM

Happy Father's Day, Dad! I imagine we'd be at home doing nothing, but, right now, doing nothing would be good as long as it's with you.

Thanks, Deb.


greggswoman - 12/7/2007 at 02:40 AM

Missing you terribly now, Dad. You and I never did much celebrating during the holidays, but we always made sure we had each other. Now you have Joe with you. I'm glad I have you both watching over me now....like y'all always did.


greggswoman - 4/23/2008 at 02:17 AM

It's been 4 years tomorrow. So, Dad, if I can't make it on tomorrow, I just want you to know how much I miss you. Always will.


greggswoman - 4/24/2008 at 12:06 AM

Four years ago today. One of the most tragic moments of my life. I miss you every day, Dad.


KWidgeon - 4/24/2008 at 12:13 AM

Oh Mitzi! I know how you feel. My dad died on 05-06-92, and I still miss him everyday, still think..oh, I should ask Dad this or that. It's something you learn to live with, but never get used to. Lost my mom just before Christmas 2 years ago. Still stunned over that. I'm sending you positive vibes and good karma. You're a great sister.


Gaston - 4/24/2008 at 02:01 AM

Thinkin' of you Mitzi...


greggswoman - 5/23/2008 at 01:46 PM

Happy birthday, Dad. Missing you every day!


ruthelane - 11/16/2008 at 08:04 PM

Mitzi, I just read through this thread for the first time today.
What a beautiful story you wrote of your father. He was a
handsome man. The twinkle in his eye shows even in the photos.
Now, that photo of him on the rail reminds me of a photo of
Duane I saw somewhere. Anyway that looks like a Duane antic.
You Dad still lives in your heart. God love you, Mitzi and a blessing
for you Dad. He sounds like a great man.


greggswoman - 5/23/2010 at 07:48 AM

Today would've been Dad's 90th birthday. I love and miss you Pop!


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