June 22, 2018

Senator David Perdue issues statement on passing of his mother

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., left, poses with his mother, Gervaise Wynn Perdue, center, and his wife, Bonnie, at right, at his congressional swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2015.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., left, poses with his mother, Gervaise Wynn Perdue, center, and his wife, Bonnie, at right, at his congressional swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2015.

(Atlanta, GA) — U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) released a statement Monday on the passing of his mother, Gervaise Wynn Perdue.

“It is with great sadness to announce today the passing of my mother, Gervaise Perdue, who earlier this year celebrated her 90th birthday,” said Perdue. “As my mother’s health declined in the past few months, many of our family and friends across the state have filled her heart with joy, and we thank everyone for their kind support.”

“My mother was a generous woman of great intellect and strength. She was a daily inspiration to our family and so many others in our community,” added Perdue.

“Along with my father, David A. Perdue, a school Superintendent in Houston County for 20 years, both my parents dedicated their lives to educating the children of Houston County. Bonnie and I, along with our entire family, will deeply miss my mother, but we find comfort in knowing she is at peace.”

About Gervaise Wynn Perdue

Gervaise Wynn Perdue was born in Irwin County, Georgia on April 30, 1926. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and later a master’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1959. She also earned a Specialist in Education from Mercer University in 1971.

A teacher for more than 30 years, Gervaise is remembered as an enthusiastic and caring teacher who willingly shared her skills with coworkers. To help her students flourish, Gervaise initiated one of Georgia’s first Gifted Student Programs in the Houston County School System. Her direct involvement and influence were strengths of the program.

After retirement, Gervaise enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Warner Robins and a resident of Carlyle Place in Macon, Georgia.

Gervaise and David A. Perdue, her husband of 49 years, were the proud parents of David A. Perdue, Jr. of Glynn County, Debbie Perdue of Atlanta, and Dennis Perdue of Cobb County.

Details of a memorial service in celebration of her life will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that gifts be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the First Baptist Church of Warner Robins.

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