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Richard Persall – February 10, 2018

Richard Persall, 85, met his lifelong Savior on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity Baptist Church Amarillo with Pastor Nate Magloughlin officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Richard Wayne Persall was born May 5, 1932, in Sand Springs, OK to Chester and Dena Persall. After graduation from Amarillo High School in 1950, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While serving as petty officer first class in the Korean War, he met his future wife through letters. He and Wanda Wharton were married on Sept. 12, 1953, while he was on leave.
Richard worked as purchasing agent for State Chemical in Amarillo after returning home from the war. Later, he co-owned Jackson Supply Company with E.C. Jackson until retirement.
An active member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 55 years, Richard was a respected Bible teacher for various classes for over five decades. After 60 years of marriage, his wife Wanda passed in October of 2013.
On September 21, 2014, Richard married Jane Johnson, a fellow member of Trinity, widow of Walt Johnson.
Survivors include his wife Jane Johnson Persall; a daughter, Karen Crager and husband Bruce of Houston; three sons, Mark and wife Kandy of Lubbock, Tim and wife Janelle of Austin and Greg of Katy; step-daughter Melody Witherspoon and husband Jeff of Amarillo; eight grandchildren; one step grandchild, 12 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials be to Trinity Baptist Church Amarillo mission fund, 1601 W. Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79109.


  • Bret Brown Posted February 11, 2018 11:10 pm

    Karen, Mark, Tim and Greg – What a lasting impact your dad (and mom) had on my life. The many years your dad taught me in Sunday School and the many nights we played 42 at your house while I was attending WT. Cherished memories that I will hold dear until the day I get to see them again. Love and prayers to all of you.

  • Yvonne Koontz Posted February 12, 2018 10:07 pm

    I am so glad that I did get to hear Richard teach and you could how much he loved our Savior. Jane I am praying for you and your loss.

  • Teddi Cherry Posted February 12, 2018 11:44 pm

    Karen and family,
    We thought so much of your Dad—such a positive and kind man. His faith was a true role model for us all. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to know him.
    Love, Teddi and Dale

  • LeDon Bell Posted February 13, 2018 5:23 pm

    Jane, I am so sorry for your loss of Richard. I have fond memories of all of you at Trinity. May our Lord be your Comforter and guide during this difficult time.
    In Christian Love,
    LeDon Bell

  • roger fenlaw Posted February 15, 2018 4:38 pm

    Richard had a built-in smile. it was very disarming
    and infectious. and it was passed on to you children–what a blessing. i have been to many
    Trinity funerals–first time to see a full house.
    what a great testimony. but that was Richard.
    how you will miss him–i miss him and i seldom saw
    him. bless your hearts—we all gonna have a big
    reunion shortly. sure do love you. roger fenlaw

  • Tim Persall Posted February 15, 2018 9:11 pm

    Thank you Bret, Yvonne, Teddi, LeDon, and Roger for your posts! I loved my dad! He impacted so many with his gift of teaching and his contagious smile. I hope each of you feel as blessed as our family.

  • Barby Posted February 16, 2018 8:08 pm

    My thoughts are with you all. All my love, Barby

  • Mark Persall Posted March 19, 2018 3:44 pm

    Thank you all for your kind expression of love and support. Dad loved people of all ages. Your words above remind us of the impact he had on so many. We are better because of the life he lived. God bless you all. ~ Mark

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