Captain Fredrick Eugene Perrill, SC, USN, (RET) passed away on March 21, 2013. Born in Charlotte, NC, on September 11, 1939, he attended schools in Long Island, NY, and Riverside Military Academy before graduating from Rock Hill High School. After a year at The Citadel he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD., graduating with the class of 1962 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. His postgraduate education includes graduation from the Naval War College in Newport, RI, and a Master of Science degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Widely recognized for his work in logistics and financial management, he played a major role in the planning and development of integrated computer systems to manage an account for program funds throughout the Navy. Captain Perrill served in senior level positions at the Navy Department in Washington, DC, and as Commanding Officer of the Pacific Fleet Accounting Center in San Diego, CA. His service to his country also included assignments in finance and logistics management aboard six Navy ships, among them USS Biddle DDG-5, USS Hermitage LSD-34, and USS Concord AFS-5, and at the Naval Supply Depot Yokosuka, Japan.
After retiring from the Navy as a Captain, he worked as a consultant and as an executive for several corporations in the US and Canada.
For a time he operated his own yacht delivery service as a USCG Master bringing boats from Canada to Panama and living part time on his own sailboat in Mexico. Always interested in an active lifestyle, he enjoyed swimming, skiing the highest slopes, and running the San Diego Marathon. Wanting to learn something new, he studied for a degree in Naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health, and admiring azaleas, he turned his yards wherever he lived into beautiful springtime showplaces. His final retirement was to South Carolina, always with a dog or two in tow, spending time between his family’s vacation spot on the Catawba River and his wife’s family farm in Bethune where he voluntarily served as headmaster of the Bethune Charter School and cultivated his pine trees.
He is survived by Kathryne Sims Perrill, his loving wife of almost fifty years, his brother Peter Perrill and his wife Brenda of Rock Hill, SC, his brother John Perrill and his wife Claire of Beaufort, SC, his sister Patti Cloninger and her husband Andy of Rock Hill, SC, and another sister Susan Cunningham and her husband Ray of Pawley’s Island, SC. He loved many members of his large extended family, chief among them his aunt Elizabeth Ballenger of Anderson, SC, and Margaret Brinson of Bethune, SC.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM on March 27 at Bethune Presbyterian Church, 206 Blackmon St. N. with the Rev. Dr. Guy Oliver; the Rev. Charles E. Seastrunk, Chaplain USAF (RET); and the Rev. Dr. Edna Jacobs Banes officiating. A visitation will precede the service at 1:00 PM. The committal with military honors will follow in his family’s cemetery, the Miller Lowry Cemetery on Main Street in Jefferson, SC.
Memorials may be made to Bethune Presbyterian Church, PO Box 125, Bethune, SC 29009 or Miller Lowry Cemetery, 4427 Mottisfort Abbey Lane, Charlotte, NC 28226, or to the humane society of your choice.
Baker Funeral Home, Kershaw, SC, is serving the family.