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Born: November 12, 1926

Death: November 9, 2012

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Perley E. Major, Sr

November 12, 1926 - November 9, 2012

Perley E. Major, Sr, 85, died Friday November 9 at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home where he had resided.

Mr. Major was born in Watertown, November 13, 1926 to Perley and Mary (Carter) Major.
He married Lillian Genevieve Snyder on April 27, 1955 the daughter of Schuyler and Pearl Snyder. Mr. Major served in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force. He also worked at Black Clawson and for the City of Watertown before retiring.

Mr. Major enjoyed playing Bingo with his wife and watching old John Wayne movies. He was an inspiration to his children.

Surviving besides his wife Lillian are three sons David Major, Watertown, Robert (Lori) Major, Carthage, and James Major, Watertown two daughters Mary (Jack) Czerkies, Maryland, Michelle Contryman and her companion Larry Chiappone, Watertown, grand children Chelsea Major, Bradley Earl & Toni Olley, Jonathan, Jarred and Jakob Czerkies, Mary Chiappone, Micheal Contryman, Richard Contryman II, James, Jr., Jessie Major and Jorden Major and Justin Briggs, great grandchildren Mackenzie Major, Nikole Rosanna, Gavin Olley, Dakota Contryman and Richard Contryman III, and Athena Major. A son Perley Major, Jr died in 1987 and a sister Ruth Luffman and a brother Frederick Major died before him.

The funeral service will be Tuesday November 13, 1pm at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be at Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery. Calling Hours will be Tuesday from 10am - 1pm prior to the funeral.

Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


Tuesday November 13, 2012, 01:00pm

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Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:00am - 01:00pm

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