WEST POINT – Donald Gary Permenter, 76, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born July 9, 1937, in Cooksville in Noxubee County to Hazel Beatrice Wilson and Sam Bell Permenter.
He was the proprietor of Don’s Drive In in West Point for 20 years and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He was a graduate of West Point High School Class of 1955. He married Louise Peay Permenter on June 20, 1964, in Wiggins.
He was a member of West Point Masonic Lodge 40 F.& A.M., where he served as past Master, secretary and trustee. He was a member of the West Point York Rite Bodies (Chapter 95, Council 15, and Commandry 20) and Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Corinth Scottish Rite Bodies, where he was a 32nd degree KCCH Mason. He was a member of the KYCH (Knight York Cross of Honor) in Meridian and the Royal Order of Scotland. He was a member of the Hamasa Shrine Temple, Red Cross of Constantine Knight Mason, Order of the High Priesthood, Thrice Illustrious Master Knight Preceptor. He was appointed Feb. 10, 2003, as district deputy Grand Lecturer for the Masonic Grand Lodge of Mississippi. He was veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957-1958.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Dr. Gary Permenter and the Rev. Alan Permenter officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Peay Permenter of West Point; two sons, Dr. Gary Permenter of Columbus and the Rev. Alan Permenter of Trenton, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Daniel Permenter, Caroline Permenter and David Permenter; and one sister, Nell Leach of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Permenter.
Pallbearers will be Eugene Bailey, Dale Hamlin, Jimmy Duke, James Pettit, Richard Henson and T.C. Nowell. Honorary pallbearers will be pop and coffee drinking friends at Robin Hood’s, all Masonic Brethen, MSU baseball friends, Charlie Dimino, Jimmy Tedford, Frank Swoope and Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631-3356.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave online condolences at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.