Joel James "J.J." Perkey, 81, of Batesville, Ark., died May 2, 2008, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville. He was born Dec. 5, 1926, at Cave City, Ark., the son of Charlie and Gertie Lassiter Perkey. He was retired from ConAgra Foods of Batesville, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Margaret Vest Perkey of the home; one daughter, Wanda Foushee of Belton, Mo.; three brothers, Paul Perkey of Hollis, Okla., Von Perkey of Batesville and Billy Perkey of Salem; five sisters, Clois Ray, Tommie Garlin and Jo England all of Batesville, Glenn Davis of Pleasant Grove and Kay Milligan of Russellville; two grandsons, Robert Foushee of Independence, Mo., and Mike Foushee of Kansas City, Mo.; two great-granddaughters; several nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his parents; and one brother, Verl Perkey. Funeral services were held May 5 at the Qualls Batesville Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville with Bro. W.T. Rider officiating. Burial followed in the Cave City Cemetery located at Cave City with arrangements under the direction of the Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Batesville. Pallbearers were Lloyd Rodgers, Roy Provence, Gerald Crawford, Fount Foushee, Robert Foushee and Mike Foushee. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Foster, Dr. Tom Cummins, Dr. Greg Neaville, James Hughes, George Wright and Dr. Steve Alexander.