Skip to comments.Report: Chick-fil-A's public relations director dead of heart attack
Posted on 07/27/2012 12:02:56 PM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie
The head of public relations at Chick-fil-A died Friday morning of an apparent heart attack, according to a local news report.
WBRL News 3 in Georgia identified the employee as Donald A. Perry, the companys vice president of Corporate Public Relations.
His death comes as Chick-fil-A finds itself embroiled in a public relations fiasco with the gay community and supporters of same-sex marriage protesting the company because of statements made by company president Dan Cathy.
Perry joined Chic-fil-A in 1983, according to information posted on the website of Hillcrest Church of Christ. He became an elder of the church in 1997.
The church biography said Perry enjoys leading his church fellowship cell group, as well as working to help maintain harmony in the congregation.
One of the challenges sometimes is helping to reconcile differing views among members, Perry said, according to the church, but we work to keep unity of the faith.
The Daily Caller will update with more details as they become available.
The size of the congregation would vary by locale of course.
Requiescat in pace. “Fought the good fight.” Earth is the poorer for it, heaven is richer.
(Disclaimer: I don’t go to a congregation of that denomination and don’t concur with all its particular theology. But they are most definitely Christians.)
Please add me.
Baptized in 1971 at Callaway Gardens, GA., Don, his wife Marilyn and family relocated to Atlanta in 1983 from Louisville, KY when Don left GE for Chic-fil-A. They attended church first at the Simpson Street congregation. Later they moved to Hillcrest, where Don later became an elder in 1997. An avid golfer, Don enjoyed the game with partners ranging from business associates to members of the Church. He was also a flower gardener, seldom happier than when kneeling in the soil tending his beauties.
In the spiritual realm, Don enjoyed leading his church fellowship cell group, as well as working to help maintain harmony in the congregation.
"One of the challenges sometimes is helping to reconcile differing views among members," he said, "but we work to keep unity of the faith."
Don called on his managerial instincts and customer service experience as well as His strong Biblical foundation to help lead and guide the Church.
His greatest satisfaction? "Talking about the church, teaching, and being rewarded when someone 'gets it,' and embraces the Savior, he says.
The Perrys have three adult sons, Brandon, Jason, Kris.
Would you want to rephrase that as "the queer community"? That is, after all, what they are. They're not "gay," they're "queer," as in "odd."
So sad, and I hope the rainbow agenda is satisfied. Poor guy probably couldn’t take the unnecessary stress of the past weeks.
Looks like be got Breitbarted
..and that late 20’s Obama staffer that dropped dead?
Chick-fil-A is doing great business. Their restaurants are at the top of the fast food chain. All the Harassment from the FEDS is giving them free advertising, and I would bet their earnings have risen lately.
He was at the peak of his career. Maybe God took him because he had done well, and God gave him his reward.
My heart goes out to his family and friends.
I grew up in that church and that’s something Chick-fil-A’s enemies don’t understand.
For “liberals’ politics is their religion while for Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy et al, first there’s God, and then there’s everything else: business, politics, sports, etc.
I suspect the same goes for the other similar denominations, Baptists, Church of God, and so forth, and I’m sure this will rouse the faithful—the Mormons too.
It’s a family thing. He’s in good hands.
I don't eat fast food, but I made an exception today and will for National Support Chick-Fil-A Day 01 August 2012.
My condolences to the family of this good man.
Mormons are quite schizophrenic about the clean living thing. You have charm-offensive people like the Osmonds on one side, and then the bishop Mitt Romney when he served in Massachusetts on the other... if anyone you’d think would know better it would be Mitt and yet Salt Lake City apparently has not called him to heel on the gay marriage thing which they formally oppose. Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Mormon temples where those high muckety mucks meet and discuss such things.
I hold the gay community responsible - and Chicago democrats ... and liberal elites ... and the MSM that always sides with the powerful against the rest of us...
So what kind of food is Tau, which is supposedly better for you than the mainstream fast-food fare?
One could nit pick about the vices of this food. Truth be told, even at most fast food franchises it’s possible to pick things that can comprise a sane diet. But who lives day to day on that stuff, unless down and out as a beggar?
Of course. But when you look at the statistics it is not that unusual.
Sometimes a banana is just a banana.
In this case, we have questionable history and ethics which just adds to the 'timing' issue.
One thing for sure, It is very likely that whether he was killed, or it was just 'his time', we will never know the truth.
Breitbart has been dead for... how long?... and still don't know for sure what happened.
JFK has been dead for over 40 years, and I doubt more than a handful of people know exactly what happened.
Bump your post! I use the words homosexual and lesbian but sodomite is a great word.
I’m so sad about this man’s stressful death.
May God hold him dear and provide comfort for his family and everyone who knew and loved him.
Yes, that is possible, but I think if I had begun working on a daily basis in a fast food place, perhaps beginning my career at the counter, later in the kitchen, assistant manager, manager, maybe regional manager, etc., there would be too many temptations for me not to suffer from some adverse consequences. Fast food does taste good and it's easy.
Tau is just a protein.
Yeah.... 'angry gay' seems self-contradictory while 'angry queer' is much more reasonable, and makes better literary sense. Besides, most homos are queer. The 'gay' ones are really queer.
He was killed by a Commie. The Left can't face up to that fact, that's why all of the conspiracy theories.
Adults are adults, though and are responsible without nannying to make sane choices. A big enough deal has been made about calories, fat, and nutrition that there is no excuse not to know to seek not to live on hamburgers and milkshakes alone. Even yet, beside the meager fare of more sickly ancestral times, a hamburger diet would be a comparative godsend.
I’m sure it’s possible to make less-fat, less-sugar versions of most fast food items. Baked rather than fried, and that kind of thing. Nobody’s clamoring for them or they would be offered.
“Food from a restaurant at a funeral is almost unheard of and would get you talked about. ;)”
Here in MA a lot of us are invited to restaurants after the funeral.This was not done in the “good old days”.
Is the man black??? He loooked black on Fox. RIP.
Oh good grief!
Soooooo, the GAYS killed a BLACK MAN.
I doubt they consider it a "public relations fiasco". Mr. Cathy knew there would be a backlash for stating his personal views. He's always been very vocally Christian and is used to taking flack for that from various special interest groups.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of the homosexual activists dance on this guy's grave. In fact, it would be very typical of liberal behavior.
You’re right, it’s market driven. And, I’m not above being a long term investor in a very large fast food operation. “I’m lovin’ it.”
We do the best we can, we do. ;-)
Why does CFA have to be characterized by the Gaystream Media as “embroiled” in a public relations fiasco? CFA doesn’t need to do ANYTHING. It’s the activist homosexuals who are going to have to change THEIR minds.
You said it.
My Philadelphia mom marriage a southern man from Texas and was transplanted down here. She was taken aback by the custom, but loved it. Much nicer than flowers.
HaHa! I’m 02 deprived. Grammer and spelling first to go. Not kidding
Enjoyed dining with huge crowd inside their only restaurant near Harrisburg PA today. Cars outside “surrounded” the drive through lane and went beyond the property. Great food,great employees and happy kids running around in stocking feet waiting to go back in the play area. God is good.
Their website has detailed nutritional info. Very helpful. Checked it out yesterday. chick-fil-a.com
Almost makes you want to look forward to the passing away of another saint in the church. ;-)
If things were reversed and a company was getting grief because the owner supported gay marriage, and Republican mayors were threatening to ban them from their cities, does anyone doubt that the headline would say “Beleagured Black public relations officer hounded by right wingers.....” or some such thing?
Oooo - good tag
(ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
It is sad that we live in times when this thought is the first thought that comes to mind when reading this headline. The proper noun, Breitbart, is now a verb.
They have char-grilled chicken and chicken club, along with chicken salad.
They have grilled chicken/chicken club and chicken salad sandwiches. Wraps, salads and kid’s meal with grilled nuggets as well as fruit salad.
We still pull off the side of the road when a funeral progression passes by.
Chick-fil-a will not have to do a thing we respect our families and the dead down here. May GOD Bless you, Seahawkfan with a trip to the south.
We are pros at wedding and funeral food down here.
You are right kalee and dont take anything but homemade to a family reuion either.
Support Chick-fil-A for their support of traditional marriage by patronizing your local Chick-fil-A on August 1st! It will be the perfect day for chicken nuggets!
It was a joke and I’ve lived in Texas for the past four years.
I have lived away from Georgia twice and the first thing I wanted when I came home(not counting my granny's potato soup) was a chick-fli-a.