Clay County U.S. Marine dies after training exercise

May 10, 2012 in News, Obituaries, Statewide News

CLAY COUNTY, Miss. – Funeral services are planned tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Prairie for a U.S. Marine who died after a training exercise in North Carolina on April 30.

Military officials said Carlous Perry, a 30-year-old Staff Sergeant, from West Point, had just completed physical training in Camp Lejeune when he reportedly suffered a heart attack.

Perry was transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m.

His death is currently under investigation, military officials said.

Perry was a maintenance chief assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

He joined the Marine Corps in 2000 and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007.

Ontario Perry, who began his military career alongside his brother, Carlous, 12 years ago, told WTVA he would miss his brother in many different ways.

“We were talking about retirement in 8 years. We would have been in our late 30s so, we used to tell my mother we were going to still be young when we retire,” Ontario said.

Ontario said he and his brother supported each other and planned to retire together to North Carolina where their duty in the military first began.

Carlous Perry is survived by his wife, Tanisha, and five children – the youngest being 4-month-old twins. A memorial fund has been set up at all branches of Bancorp South to benefit his family. All donations can be made to The Carlous Perry Memorial Fund.

Visitation services for Perry are tonight, Thursday, May 10, at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.