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Services set for local school principal who died of COVID-19 complications

Phillip Perry, the principal of Waco’s G.W. Carver Middle School, was hospitalized...
Phillip Perry, the principal of Waco’s G.W. Carver Middle School, was hospitalized Monday after testing positive for the new coronavirus. (Waco ISD photo)(NBC15)
Published: Apr. 8, 2020 at 12:18 PM CDT
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Funeral services have been scheduled for Phillip Perry, 49, the principal of Waco’s G.W. Carver Middle School, who died on March 31 at a local hospital after testing positive for the new coronavirus.

Perry was the first and so far the only person to die of the virus in McLennan County.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Serenity Life Celebrations at 112 South 35th St. in Waco.

A graveside service begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery at 2124 South 5th St. in Waco.

To comply with social distancing requirements, only 10 mourners will be allowed at the graveside.

Perry had served as the school’s principal since May 2019 after working as the school’s assistant principal from 2013 to 2015.

He served as principal of Fred Edwards Academy in Temple in 2015.

Perry was a Marine Corps veteran who worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Aldine ISD, and the Lamar Consolidated ISD.

He moved to Waco in 2011 to work as an assistant principal at Waco High School for two years.

Perry was a 1989 Waco High School graduate and a member of the school’s basketball team.

He worked as a youth sports referee in his spare time, volunteering often at the Dewey Park Recreation Center.