Alex "Elek" Perry
Mary Elizabeth (Cobb) Perry
was born at the time of the legendary 1894 "Big Snow in May,"
at Crane Nest, KY (Knox County).
He and Mary lived in various places at Tedders, KY (farming) and
for a few years in the 1920s at Oolitic, IN, where Alex worked
in the limestone quarry (he later often went there to work for
a few months each year, even when he was rather old).
They lived for a while at Gray, KY (also in Knox County, KY),
during the latter part of the 1920s. They then lived for
several years on a farm they owned at Gibbs/Mt. Ararat,
Knox County), KY, but moved to Gray, KY, again during the
mid-1940s, apparently to be closer to medical care for Mary.
Following a wild youth during which he drank heavily and made
moonshine, Alex got saved in the Pentecostal Church.
Both he and Mary were devoted to serving God during the rest
of their days, and their lives revolved around going to church
services wherever Pentecostals were meeting.
was a registered midwife who delivered many of the babies
in the Gibbs/Mt. Ararat area.
She died at home, in Gray, KY, on May 9, 1950,
and was buried at the Farris Cemetery at Gray.
Alex married again--to an equally devoted Holiness woman,
(b: 16 Jun 1902/ d: 04 Feb 1986,
buried at Cumberland Memorial Gardens, Lily, KY).
Staying with his son, Chet, in Portage, IN, during his last years,
Alex died in a hospital, in Hobart, IN, 22 Jan 1989,
and was buried beside his first wife, Mary, at the Farris Cemetery.
It would be hard to find another funeral that drew such
a large crowd from so far and wide, or an oration by a preacher
(who descibed himself in the memorable sermon as Alex's "buddy")
so vividly recounting the devoted life of a man of God.
Left-to-Right/Front Row: Alex, Mary, Lee Roy
Back Row: Sarah, Robert, Tollie, Chet, Gib, Noel
~Alex's & Mary's Grandchildren~
One or more of the once-kids
(born in the 1920s & 1930s)
listed on this page are shown in a
Tedders School Group Photo
(Tedders, Knox Co, KY)
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The family lived at Lily, Laurel Co, KY. "H" was a farmer.
He and his brother, Gilbert "Gibb" Cobb, jointly ran the farm
(part of which eventually was taken to build Interstate 75),
and lived in houses with adjoining yards. Sarah and "H" had
no children of their own, but they adopted her niece,
Veda Alison Perry
(b: 16 May 1948, Delroy Hospital, Detroit, MI),
who was Gibb Perry's baby (Sarah's brother's baby).
Veda's name was then changed to
Veda Alison Cobb.
Veda never made contact with her biological mother
or her mother's family.
She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy, at Boston College.
In 1979, at Bethel Baptist Church in Lily, KY,
she married Richard M. Stevens
(a Professor of Philosophy at Boston College),
and adopted the name for herself of
Veda Alison Cobb-Stevens.
She became a Professor of Philosophy
at the University of Lowell, Lowell, MA.
She died of cancer on 13 Dec 1989.
have generously been provided to us by
Robert's and Bertha's daughter,
Mazie (Perry) Sparks
THANKS, CUZ MAZIE, FOR SHARING!
was provided to us by their son,
Glenn Earl Perry
who is also providing us with lots of interesting
family history and trivia about both
the Cobb side AND the Sasser side, all of which
you will find scattered throughout this website.
Thanks for sharing, Cuz Glenn!
Additionally, we are very proud to tell you that
Glenn has been a Professor of Political Science, at
Indiana State University, in Terre Haute, IN, since 1970.
Glenn is a Cobb AND a Sasser descendant,
so we feel that his educational achievements serve
as an accolate that we all can claim..."by association!"
(in front at the table)
Tollie Perry & Aunties
in the center is
Cory (Perry) Foley
on the right is
Lizzie (Perry) Johnson
Cory and Lizzie are sisters of
Alex Perry (Tollie's father).
Cory, Lizzie and Alex are children of
Tom &Lucety(Tuttle) Perry
In back are his siblings
Tollie, Sarah, Robert
on the left is
~as a young man~
on Gibb's right is his 1st cousin,
son of Tollie &Mary(Williams) Cobb
& gs/o Abe &Sally(Moore) Cobb
Gibb's mom & Dave's dad are siblings.
~as an older young man~
Gibb married Marjorie Mills when he was in the military.
They divorced following the birth of their daughter Veda,
who was then adopted by Gibb's brother-in-law and sister,
"H" &Sarah(Perry) Cobb. Scroll back up to Sarah's branch
to find details about Veda's life.
This photo and that of Gib & Veda were provided
to us by the granddaughter of Gibb's brother Robert,
Candy (Walters) Koehling.
this "Noel/Dexter" branch
were provided through Glenn Perry by
Eddie Eugene Perry
THANKS, CUZ EDDIE, FOR SHARING!
-a Reunion snapshot-
Back row, left-to-right:
Lee Roy, Noel, Tollie, Woodrow
Front row, left-to-right:
Gib, Cory, Chet
All but Woodrow and Cory are Alex's & Mary's kids.
Japp Perry and Cory (Perry) Foley
are Alex's siblings and are the children of
Tom &Lucety(Tuttle) Perry
of the overall
Cobb-Sasser Family Lineage Website
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