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Memorial Service

Seaver-Brown Chapel
Sunday May 12th, 2019

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Visitation at Funeral Home

Seaver-Brown Chapel
Sunday May 12th, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Frederick Vernon Perdue


FREDERICK VERNON PERDUE, age 77, passed away, Thursday, May 02, 2019 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Va.

Mr. Perdue was born October 01, 1941 in Roanoke, Va. to the late Alvis V. Perdue and Francis A. Dearing. After graduating from Jefferson Senior High School,     Mr. Perdue enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as a technician for the Minute-Man Missiles at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. When he completed his time with the Air Force, he returned to Roanoke and worked in the quality control section for General Electric Corporation in Salem, Va. until his retirement. After his retirement, Mr. Perdue moved to Atkins, Va. to live closer to his son, Michael.

Mr. Perdue was a life-long aviation enthusiast as student, teacher, designer, and pilot as he earned his commercial rating for aircraft, instructor rating for helicopters and in recent years he would be seen weekends, flying his experimental aircraft with his friends at a private airstrip in Chilhowie. He was a member of the Mt. Empire Pilots Association, the Carolina Barnstormers, and the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force where he participated in emergency services and in communications. He enjoyed designing and building his own aircraft, and was especially fond of his El Camino cars.

Mr. Perdue was a loving father, brother and friend, and is survived by his son, Michael V. Perdue of Chilhowie, Va.; Michael’s fiancée, My Linh Nguyen and her daughter, Tram Anh of Vung Tau, Vietnam; sisters, Patricia F. Whitt and Debra Snyder; brothers, Alfred D. Perdue and James Dearing, Jr.,  of Roanoke, Va.; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family sincerely appreciates the kindness and help of the staff of Valley Healthcare Center, Chilhowie, Va. while Mr. Perdue was in their care.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Military Rites conducted by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. The family will receive friends following the service at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

To share memories of Frederick V. Perdue, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Mr. Perdue’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.   

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Truly sorry for your loss. Mr Perdue was a wonderfully fun and intelligent man. Though it was just a short time I feel greatly honored to have had the opportunity to work with him. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Amanda Huggins May 15 2019 12:00 AM

I remember Freddy when we were children. He would come to visit with his Dad on Sunday after noon. Freddy was my first cousin. We are sorry about hearing of his death. Our love and prayers for all the family. Blessings, Cathy and Harry Barrett

Cathy Barrett May 11 2019 12:00 AM

Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted during this difficult time. Mark, Regenia, & Timmy Charapich

Regenia Charapich May 10 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear if your lose

Maria Olinger May 10 2019 12:00 AM

I wanted to express my condolences to all of the Perdue family. Right now your grief may be inconsolable, and any words of comfort may be inadequate. So I pray that the God of comfort supply you with strength to face today, and hope and peace to face tomorrow. One way that God comforts us today is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. For the Bibles answers to questions about grief and death please visit JW.org.

Elaine Lambert May 9 2019 12:00 AM

With sympathy, Teresa, R.N. & mike...

mike snavely May 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frederick Perdue

mike snavely May 6 2019 12:00 AM

Patty ..I'm saddened to hear of your brother..you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..

Mary Caroline Whitt Ratliff May 5 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Michael and family, I was very sorry to hear of Freds passing. He was always friendly to me in your office and I know you and he were very close. May your memories help get you through the next several days. Kindest regards Vanessa

Vanessa Hedrick May 3 2019 12:00 AM

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