Delbert Purcell Perry


Delbert Purcell Perry passed away peacefully at Grant Medical Center. Delbert was a loving son, father, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Delbert served Bethel Temple in the Maintenance Ministry under the direction of Deacon Will Roy. Delbert was a member of the Bethel Temple under the leadership of Bishop Dane Clark.

Delbert was a dedicated employee at the City of Columbus in the Department of Public Utilities Division of Water where he worked for 5 years as a Laborer. Delbert completed the Restoration Academy program with the City of Columbus, founded by former Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Additionally, he was a member of the AFSCME-1632 Labor Union where he served as Secretary under the leadership of President Angela Williams.

Delbert was a musical artist and loved all types of music. He wrote and produced his CD “Walking Thru the Storm” which touched many people. Delbert also enjoyed movies and often watched them with his mother, Layana.

Delbert was a graduate of Columbus State Community College where he achieved a degree of Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Management. He then went on to graduate from Franklin University with a Bachelor Degree of Science. Delbert also volunteered for the Salvation Army of Central Ohio.

Delbert is preceded in death by his father Stephen Purcell Perry, maternal grandmother Willadean C. Simmons, paternal grandmother Joan Harding and aunt Tonya R. Simmons. Delbert is survived by his loving mother Layana E. Simmons, his daughter Nalah Layana Perry and son Amir Xavier Perry and former wife Marissa Agnes Schroot and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
St. John 14:1-3

PUBLIC Viewing 4:00pm-5:00PM and PRIVATE Visitation 5:00 PM and Funeral Service 6:00 PM Friday, July 3, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Mask are mandatory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Delbert’s name to The Salvation Army.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Delbert was my nephew. He will forever be missed and never forgotten! My heart is breaking for his mother and children. Please continue to prayer for them that God will give them comfort and strength. Love and prayers for my sister Layana, his children, and the rest of t our family. ❤️

  2. Melodie Gardner

    Your light was dimmed much too soon Nephew. You will be missed. Rest in eternal peace. Love,
    Aunt Mel and Uncle Jesse

  3. Del,I will forever miss our long conversations and your warm soul,be at peace your Uncle Andre’.

  4. Del you was a good friend i loved you like my own son , i remember when i meet you my son said mom meet my brother del , i remember when you came and stayed with us you was family to me and my kids and i listen to your music everyday I love you del and will miss you but never forget you fly high and watch after you family and kids and your wife and when you see my daughter niki up them. Love you mr del p.

  5. Stefphanie Galloway

    Del, I’ll forever miss you cousin. You always brought laughter and joy to my life. I am so proud of your accomplishments and will live in the wonderful memories we share together.

  6. Kendra Hobson

    What a wonderful tribute to Del. Del has a beautiful smile and a sweet spirit that is evident through these photographs with his mom, family, and friends.
    We ask our Heavenly Father to wrap His loving arms around Layana and family and hold them close.
    Prayers for comfort and peace and love
    Kendra and Granny

  7. President Angela Williams

    Del, Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Love you brother your AFSCME Local 1632 Family.


    Miss you Del RIP. Your in Gods hands now. Sorry for your loss Layana. May God strengthen your heart.


    Miss you Del RIP. You had so much talent in music. Gone so soon Unfinished Business. You in God’s hands now. Sorry for your loss layana. From Dante Simmons.

  10. Del is my brother. He was married to my sister Marissa, and helped bring my precious niece and nephew into the world. I will always hold Del’s spirit close to my heart. His beautiful smile and contagious laughter have always brought me joy. I know Del is with God now, and that he has been embraced by God’s light, and love, and peace. But I still miss him so much. Please join me in praying for Layana, Del, Marissa, and their children.
    Lisa Schroot

  11. Del, you were by far one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling a true friend. You impacted my life in so many ways and helped shape the man I am today. You gave me guidance, wisdom, and a friendship that I’ll cherish until the end of my days. I love you brother. Until we me again

  12. Sheri Buckner

    Del had a smile that could light up a room. He was always smiling and always pleasant to be around. Although Del was technically my, “little cousin,” I couldn’t call him little for long, because he grew to be so tall. We sure will miss him; our family won’t be the same without him. There is great solace in knowing that Del knew and loved the Lord … what a comfort! May God wrap his loving arms around my dear, sweet cousin, Layana Simmons (Del’s mother). Layana was an EXCELLENT mother to Del; a Godly mother, and she should be so proud. Thank you, GOD, and thank you Layana, for blessing our family with Delbert. The world is a much better place because he was in it!!!

  13. Linda Brownley

    My thoughts are with family and friends at the terrible loss of such a wonderful young man. He was the one of the finest young men I have ever known and fought and overcame terrible obstacles in life. He is also one of the finest musicians and his loss will be felt by many. May God bless all of you and take extra care for Delbert.

  14. Charlene Vance-King

    My heart is hurting for my former coworker and friend Marissa! She loved Del so as her friend I loved him too!! I pray God continues to comfort her and the babies!! Wrap them in your arms sweet Jesus and be a Comforter, which I know you are! I love you Marissa and will continue to keep you, your babies and his family in my prayers!

  15. To Layana Simmons and her Family:
    Our hearts are deeply sadden by your loss. We love you. We are praying for you.


    Cheri Wilks and Family

  16. Layana: my heart is deeply saddened by the loss of your wonderful son. My prayers are with you and family doing this very difficult time. Love you Gwen

  17. Layana my sister, Dane and our family will never forget the indelible impression Del left
    on our lives and family. The many times he
    gather in our home. His caring and loving ways he spent with his little cousins. The many times he showed concern for family. I will forever keep his memory alive in my heart. His aunt Lisa and Uncle Dane truely loved him. Thank you Del for your loving smile. Your legacy will lived on through your children. Layana my sweet sister God is holding you up with his wings of an eagle. ♥️

  18. Heidi Ferguson

    I hadn’t seen Del since our RA days, but he was an inspiration to me during that time and I’ve thought of him often. Please know that he was special and you are all in my prayers.

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