William Wardean Perdue, 92, of Lafayette, TN passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019 at Macon Community Hospital in Lafayette.
Funeral Services for Wardean Perdue were conducted on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette with Pastor Tim Hickman and Elder Dean Dyer officiating. Wardean was a Master Mason.
Masonic Rites were conducted on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. by the Masonic Lodge #543, where Wardean was a member for over fifty years. Burial was in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park beside his first wife, “Mable”. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the John Douglas Wooten Sunday School Class, the Portland City Limits Band, Bluegrass Music Players of Macon County and the “old” Golfing Buddies. Pallbearers were Clint Perdue, Garon Perdue, Ronnie Carroll, Brian Nock, Logan Henson and Jeremy West.
Wardean was born in Macon County, TN, one of two children born to the late Hobert and Gladys (Roark) Perdue. He was married to the late Mabaline Simmons in June 1950, who preceded him in death on September 19, 1988. To this union was born two sons. He married the former Melbaline Camp Wilson on July 8, 1989. In addition to his parents and first wife, “Mable”, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Perdue; step-granddaughter, Skylar Nock; great-grandson, Jace West; and younger brother, Norman Perdue.
Following graduation from Westmoreland High School in 1947, he attended Austin Peay State University and Middle TN State University. He taught school for ten years at Union Hill, Clines, and Cross Roads schools in Macon County. For over thirty years, Wardean served as News and Sports Announcer and Sales Representative at WEEN Radio in Lafayette. He was recognized as “Mr. Dee Jay, USA” at a special radio show that was broadcast from Opryland in Nashville. From his childhood, Wardean thoroughly enjoyed many different sports. For twenty-five years he broadcast the “play by play” of various sports events at Trousdale County High School and Macon County High School. He was officially recognized as the “Voice of the Tigers” as he broadcast for Macon County High School. Wardean officiated at many baseball and basketball games and had the honor of serving as an official at state Babe Ruth games. His enthusiasm for all sports was appealing and contagious. Someone once stated that when he was listening to Wardean broadcast a game on the radio, he got so excited he could not stay in his seat. Wardean was recognized as one of the best “play by play” sports announcers in the area for many years. Golf was his favorite participating sport. He played for many years and won several individual “Flights” in various tournaments. He and his wife, “Mable”, often played together and won a number of trophies as a couple’s team. Wardean was inducted into the Macon County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Bluegrass Music was also a big part of Wardean’s life. His father began teaching him to play the fiddle when he was a young boy. He played fiddle with the Portland City Limits Bluegrass Band for over thirty years. They were featured at many different functions such as the Portland Strawberry Festival, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the South Pittsburg Music Barn and other bluegrass music events. For several years, Wardean played with a group called “The Knollwood Band”, playing for Knollwood Manor in Lafayette. Many local musicians, along with Wardean enjoyed playing together and having fun at other nursing homes, assisted living facilities and community events and occasionally singing or playing at church, which was special to him. He took great pleasure in birds, especially Purple Martins and Humming Birds. He provided for them, buying tons of bird seed and made gallons of sugar water. He maintained many bird houses and in the winter time, admonished his radio listeners to “Feed the Birds.” Wardean professed his faith in Jesus in 1938, at age eleven, was baptized and became a member of Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church. Upon his marriage to “Mel” he thought it best for the two of them to attend the same church and worship together, and thus joined the Lafayette First Baptist Church. Wardean was plain spoken and often said what he thought. Yet, underneath he had a kind heart and an unselfish spirit. He loved his family and was a true friend to many. The game of life for Wardean is now over. Although he suffered through serious troubles and endured pain from his youth and throughout his life, he played hard, fought his battles, endured and won. By the Grace, Mercy and Love of God, as well as, the concern and support of friends and family, Wardean overcame.
In addition to his wife of thirty years, Melbaline Perdue, he is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Freddie and Wilma Perdue of Lafayette, TN and Gary and Debbie Perdue of Dyersburg, TN; step-daughter and husband, Janet and Brian Nock of Franklin, TN; grandchildren, Christie and husband, Ronnie Carroll, Garon Perdue, all of Dyersburg, Clint and wife, Karri Perdue, Kayla and husband Jeremy West, all of Lafayette; great-grandchildren, Kara and husband, Chris Hilliard of Newbern, TN, Logan Henson, Jaxon Perdue, Lucas Perdue, all of Dyersburg, Madelyn West and Braxton West, both of Lafayette.
Arrangements entrusted to Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Lafayette, TN 615-666-4011, andersonandsonfuneralhomes.com