Dewey Lee Perrigo

Born in Goodletsville, Tennessee on December 4, 1953

Departed on March 4, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Dewey Perrigo transitioned peacefully on Sunday, March 4th, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a sudden illness that led to organ failure. Dewey was born in Goodlettsville on December 4, 1953 to Nellie Ruth Ezzell Perrigo and James “Doc” Perrigo.

A true Southern gentleman, Dewey will be remembered by both friends and family for his many professional accomplishments but even more so for his exuberant personality, his quick, dazzling smile and especially for his seemingly unlimited storytelling capabilities. A caring and devoted father, loyal husband, loving son, and fun-loving friend, Dewey touched so many with his kindness, empathy and unique sense of humor.

Those left behind to cherish Dewey’s memory include his mother Nellie Ruth, his beloved wife Andrea, sons Colin and Shane, daughter Dylan Perrigo and son-in-law Bruno Abramoff and grandsons Elias and Otto as well as many friends and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father “Doc” and his brother Ricky.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society at

Funeral Services for Dewey Lee Perrigo, of Nashville, will be on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens in Nashville TN at 2:30 pm.

17 Comments to Dewey Lee Perrigo

  1. Sheila Simmons Lee
    March 7, 2019 1:36 pm

    I met Dewey when we were 10 at New Bethel church. We became fast buds and remained so thru junior and senior HS at GHS. Most of my HS memories would include Dewey. May God bless his wife, mom and children during this most difficult time.

  2. Phillip G. Sanker
    March 7, 2019 2:33 pm

    Dewey was Living Sunshine bursting out of a human body !!! Great, Over the top personality to be so infectious to everyone around him, anywhere or anytime ! Dewey had an unusual trait to always know when humbleness and humility always was with him at all times. Blessings to his Mother and Wife and Children !!!

  3. Mickey Vetetoe Cline
    March 7, 2019 3:33 pm

    I have fond memories of growing up with Dewey from elementary school and all through high school. He had a very sweet personality and was loved by everyone. My deepest condolences to his family and closest friends. You all have some wonderful memories to cherish in years to come.

  4. Angela Bates Holloway
    March 7, 2019 3:49 pm

    Dewey was always a magnetic personality, even in early childhood. He was handsome, charming but even more personable. As the batgirl on the little league Braves team he played for, he was one of my favorites. In adult years when we reconnected in Facebook, he was the same sweet guy. I saw him at Ricky’s funeral and he was the same. His presence in this earth brought much needed sunshine. His loss will be felt by many. Prayers for all his family and friends.

  5. Nancy Wilson
    March 7, 2019 4:46 pm

    I grew up with Dewey from elementary school to graduating. We lived just a few houses away from each other. Dewey and Ricky were so much fun. We played many outdoor games such as hide and seek & dodgeball. Such wonderful memories of such a great man, friend & classmate. May God Bless his wife, family & friends and may all of them feel His presence, love, peace & comfort through this time of grief. Prayers to all.

  6. Cindy Ezzell
    March 7, 2019 4:58 pm

    I met Dewey through my husband Jimmy. I remember how energetic and charismatic he was, with a beautiful Sparkle in his eyes. He will be missed. So very sorry for your loss

  7. Vicki Russell Higgins
    March 7, 2019 6:12 pm

    I really didn’t know Dewey. I remember he was always surrounded by friends. He was fun an I believe every girl in school had a crush on him.

  8. Teena York Manning
    March 7, 2019 7:02 pm

    This man was so very all that
    Vicki R. u r so right when i first moved to G/ville the very 1st thing i heard was “Dewey ” is the hottest guy in this school
    and i saw him and i knew she was not kidding
    He was so loved by sooooo many
    good looking or not he was a true kind and wonderful man
    he will be missed but so remembered
    OH Dewey
    PRAYERS SENT FOR HIS FAMILY & Shine on in Heaven “Dewey “

    March 7, 2019 9:14 pm

    Dewey was part of the Hee Haw family.I met him when Faye Sloan our costume designer introduced us. His smile was always a welcome sight on the Hee Haw set and he came up with a lot of creative ideas.I hadn’t seen him in 30 years when we became Friends on Facebook.
    I was so delighted to see he had married his true love had children and was so proud to post their photos.
    He had a happy life . He will be remembered by many and always with as smile.

  10. Glenda Sutton Davis
    March 7, 2019 9:58 pm

    I grew up with Ricky, Dewey, Patsy, Jane, Cynthia and Beverly….Our parents all met at New Bethel Church and became lifelong friends. I am so sorry for your loss to his family especially his wife, children and Mother. Lean on the Lord he is the only one that can give comfort. God bless you all.

  11. Kathy King Patterson
    March 8, 2019 10:46 am

    I’ve known Dewey most of my life, he was always so positive and upbeat. We became closer the last few years, I would take his Mama over to see him and Andrea. I will truly miss my dear friend and am sending prayers to Andrea and family…RIP Dewey💜

  12. Reginald Dowlen
    March 8, 2019 1:06 pm

    I was one of Dewey’s teachers. What a nice guy! He was so full of personality. RIP, my friend.

  13. Lorrie Davis Bennett
    March 9, 2019 5:50 pm

    Dewey wass good Guy…. smart, good looking and always looking for a new adventure. I hadn’t been in touch with him in years , but after his return to Tennessee, I received a call from him. It was about business but pleasant to hear that voice. My love and condolences go out to his mother, wife, children and lifelong friends. His daughter, Dylan was my sons first crush. Her grandmother and the grandmother we of a friend of my sons were neighbors They were about 7 Memories are what we have and I don’t think that there will many days that ‘ll go by that Dewey’s name won’t come up in conversation. A true Goodlettsville boy….

  14. Jerry Morris
    March 9, 2019 11:34 pm

    Very saddened at this news! Prayers to his family and friends. Dewey was probably one of the nicest and most popular guys to come out of GHS. After High School he worked for my dad it’s southern land surveying for a while and I even fixed him up with one of my best friends who he saw for a while. We recently reconnected on Facebook and I know that he was very proud of his family! Just wanted his family to know he was a great guy all of his life!

  15. Phoenix, AZ
    March 12, 2019 12:05 pm

    I did not know Dewey, but from the memories shared it’s obvious that he was very special and loved by many. Dealing with the death of a loved one is so very hard to do. I hope you can find comfort in God’s promise to restore our dead loved ones to life here on the earth, never having to say goodbye again. Through God’s Kingdom, Jesus will make this earth the problem-free paradise that his Father intended it to be. Until that time let your memories take you back and make you smile, let prayer bring you peace and comfort, and the support from your family and friends help you through this very difficult time.- Matthew 6:9-10; Acts 24:15; Psalm 37:11, 29

  16. Lois Hardy Leal
    March 18, 2019 3:47 pm

    Our beloved Dewey has passed. Never saw him without that bigger than life smile! The last time I saw Dewey he gave me his GHS Alumni fees to pay! Shortly before was the estate and auction sale of his childhood home. I bought a couple of antique tables, some other sweet pieces. I admired his mom’s handmade quilts.. with tears in his eyes he said..”I want you to have them instead of selling them today.” I cherish these beautiful quilts! On my family farm here in Goodlettsville… a pre-civil war cabin.. they are displayed and admired! Thank you for your friendship Dewey! And thank you for the beautiful quilts! Bless your sweet wife, children and momma! You will be missed and you were loved dearly.❤️

  17. Spiker and BETTY Davis
    May 13, 2019 9:49 pm

    DEWEY was the person that walked into the room and everyone lit up. Such a wonderful person and we will miss him. Save us a place
    Spiker and BETTY Davis

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