Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

December 19, 2013

Mickey Perry: A Life Well-lived

Friends, dignitaries gather to honor long-time lawman, community leader

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CLAREMORE —

Brown continued to pay tribute to Perry, emphasizing his humility, his encouraging nature, his consistency, his love of community, his devotion to family, and ended with an admonition to the officers in attendance.
“To you cops, yesterday I spent some time with (longtime Perry friend) Grady (Lowrey) to ask what Mickey might have wanted to be said about him today,” he said, “and he said, Mickey would probably want them to know it’s important they have their priorities right. Mickey’s death came way to soon, but he’d have wanted the other cops to know that there’s more to this (life) than how many gunfights you’re in, how many ounces of dope you take off the streets, how many criminals you put in jail — all of these are important, don’t get me wrong, it’s what we do — but Mickey would want them to know it’s important to have a relationship with their personal Savior, he’d want them to know it’s important to have their priorities right with their family, he’d want them to know that you give back to your community. So, I encourage everyone here today to take from that, that when it’s your time, that you have your priorities right, that you have a host of witnesses who can testify to that — family, community, God — all that other stuff will take care of itself.”
Simpson concluded the service with the reading of scriptures and citing the example of Perry’s life.
“I believe we could make an analogy from Acts, where Jesus went about doing good — not that I’m likening Mickey to Jesus in any way, but it’s safe to say during his lifetime, he went about doing good,” Simpson said. 
“You’ve heard many instances already of how God used Mickey (for good), and I’m honored, I’m blessed to have known him. 

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