Perley graduated from Citadel Military College in Charleston, S.C., and the University of North Carolina Law School. He joined the Army and then became an attorney with an insurance company.

His wife, Pat, said that after serving in Korea, Perley decided he wanted to pursue a legal career. “He was very proud of what he did,” his wife said. She added that he liked being a judge because it was a way “to get his point across.”

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