Gary High School 1914-1978

The Coaldigger






March 10 1938-July 17, 2013

BLUEFIELD Donald Lee Perfin, 75, of Groveland Street, Bluefield, West Virginia, formerly of Elbert, West Virginia; passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Donald was born on March 10, 1938 in Elbert, West Virginia to the late Frank S. Perfin and Mary Semonco Perfin. Donald had been a resident of Bluefield, West Virginia for the past seven years and was a graduate of Gary High School and Concord University where he received his degree in education. He was a retired McDowell and Tazewell County teacher and coach. Also, Donald proudly served his country in the U.S Navy from 1959 to 1963.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Frank S. Perfin, and one grandson, Michael L. Epperson; as well as five uncles (Lee Switch, Paul Switch, John Switch, Steve Switch, and Mike Switch) and four aunts (Stella Switch Lambert, Anne Perfin, Ethel Switch Dillion, Julia Switch Harring).

Survivors include: One son: Frank P. "Rick" Perfin of Pulaski, Virginia. Two daughters: Daria B. Neal and husband, Robert, of Pulaski, Virginia, Regina M. Perfin of Bluefield, West Virginia. One granddaughter: Sara E. Perfin of Bluefield, West Virginia. Two brothers: John S. Perfin of Gary, West Virginia, Harry "Buddy" Perfin and wife, Betty, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Two nieces: Elizabeth "Liz" Tuell and husband, Rob, of Charleston, West Virginia, Jessica Perfin of Charleston, West Virginia. One great-niece and one great-nephew: Kayleigh and Kaden Tuell of Charleston, West Virginia. Former wife of 49 years: Patricia "Carol" O'Brien of Pulaski, Virginia. And a special person of the family: Merv Carter

Pallbearers will be: John "Jackson" Baria, Dustin Boggess, Merv Carter, Jim Hunsuker, Frank "Rick" Perfin, Rob Tuell

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, West Virginia with Rev. Elipidio Gentea officiating the service. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bluewell, West Virginia with the U.S Navy Honor Guard and Mercer County Honor Guard performing military graveside rites.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6:00 PM until 8 PM.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.