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February 17, 2006

A chance to say thank you to Perry

Even if you’ve never heard Perry Eaton sing — I’m sorry for your loss if you haven’t — you still may have heard his voice.

Perry has announced Athens Junior High School football games, provided color commentary for Hornet high school games on the radio, and even announced TVCC football games a time or two.

He may have coached your child in Little Dribblers, or handed your graduate a Laffy Taffy.

Let me tell you, Perry is known in this town. I had lunch with him this week, and had to time my questions for between visits from the folks who spotted us in the corner.

What he’s best known for, though, is being the music minister and youth minister at Dogwood Baptist Church.

But no more. After 13 years and nine months (“I looked back so I knew exactly how long it was when I said goodbye”), he is leaving the church.

There will be a reception Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the church for Perry. That’s the main reason for this column. To invite you to the reception.

The other reason is to acknowledge a man who has meant so much to so many for so long.

(Full disclosure: Perry Eaton led me to the Lord while the two of us sat in his office at Dogwood Baptist Church several years ago, with Perry flashing his trademark smile and me staring at a poster announcing a Phillips, Craig and Dean concert at the church.)

The good news is he’ll be staying in Athens and he’ll keep on spreading the Good News the best way he knows how, through humor and music. Perry’s music and personality are in great demand by small churches and revivals in the area. Today, he carries his cell phone and schedule with him wherever he goes so he can answer when the Spirit rings — and he prays it rings plenty.

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