Bishop Milton Bento Perry was born June 4, 1935 to Charles and Mildred Perry in the Bronx borough of New York. He resided in and served the Greater Atlanta area in ministry over a span of two decades. Bishop Perry died of natural causes at the prime age of 77 on January 1, 2013 doing what he loved best, ministering. Bishop Perry had a strong ministerial background based on Christian beliefs, extending over 60 years, which began with preaching at the young age of 13. He first heard the voice of God call his name at the tender age of 3 years old. God used him to perform his first miracle on his own mother. Bishop Milton Perry, popularly called the “Boy Wonder Preacher,” became the first young man to preach on television after its invention and he was the youngest preacher ministering on local radio in NYC during the 1940's.
Like a mighty satellite, this young gospel prodigy's career zoomed skyward. He began pastoring at the age of 17 with his first sermon titled “Remember Thy Creator” selected from Ecclesiastes 12:1. Three months after delivering his first sermon, he was invited to become the youngest radio evangelist to New York's oldest and most popular gospel broadcast, Mother Horn's “You Pray for Me” hour. Thousands heard the gospel and came to know Jesus Christ through his radio ministry. Because of his brilliant, in-depth adult-like sermons, then young Evangelist Perry became popularly known as “The Boy Wonder Preacher.”
Bishop Perry has made social, spiritual and political impact for more than 60 years of ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1957 Bishop Perry embarked on a 255-mile long “Prayer Pilgrimage walk for Freedom” from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. in a dramatization of attendance for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s prayer for Freedom. His pilgrimage brought him into close collaboration with Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, in addition to sparking subsequent civil rights walks throughout the nation.
God has used Bishop Milton Perry to establish churches and ministries nationwide and throughout the World. Bishop Perry was the founding Apostle of both the World Wide Bible Deliverance Church Organizations and the 21st Century WWBDC, non-denominational Christian fellowship. Through his ministry, he continued to foster the development of pastors, leaders, clergymen and teachers across the world. He was a true man of God-An Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. He has pioneered and premiered great changes throughout the fellowship of the body of Christ. The history makers he has met equate to a who's who in World History. Bishop Perry's ministry had a far-reaching impact. U.S. Presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to President Barack Obama, have recognized his humanitarian deeds. He served as Patriarch Father to some of the world's leading business CEO's and VIP celebrities.
Bishop Milton Bento Perry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred Perry; his wife, Pastor Mary J. Perry and his daughter, Cherise Perry. To celebrate and cherish his memory and legacy, he is survived by three daughters, Lilicia (Jerome) Bailey, Rene (Newton) Wheats, and LaShan J. Perry; eight grandchildren, Chamille Houston, LaShelle (Lamiere) Blue, Nathaniel T. Houston (LaDrina), DeShawn Milton Perry, Z'Ashely Burns, Zayd Burns Jr., Rajzon Watts, and Khalil Watts; eight great-grandchildren: Maria Faith Blue, Adrian L. Blue Jr., Nicholas Blue, Alexander Blue, Zariah Henry, Zion Houston and Nyah Houston and Sean Michael Perry; one cousin, Melvyn Bento Sr. and family of California and a host of other family and friends. Additionally he leaves a myriad of spiritual sons and daughters in Christ to continue his legacy.
A Life Celebration service to honor his life will be held for family and friends on Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at Changing A Generation – East, 2600 H.F. Shepherd Drive, Decatur, GA. A public viewing will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M at Donald Trimble Mortuary, 1876 Second Avenue, Decatur, GA.
Services entrusted to Bernard's Family Funeral Care, LLC, 103 Willie Bailey Street, Eatonton, GA 31024, (706) 485-4494, www.bernardsfamilyfuneralcare.com.