Louis Perlis, 91, of Cordele, Sarasota, Fla., and Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017.

He was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Cordele to Isadore Perlis and Clara Feingold Perlis, both of blessed memory. Louis is survived by Pauline Heller Perlis, his loving wife and soul mate of almost 63 years, as well as his three children, daughter Janice Perlis Ellin and her husband, Dr. Richard Ellin, of Atlanta, son Larry Perlis and his wife, Barbara Arogeti Perlis, of Savannah and Cordele, and son David Perlis and his wife, Robin Kent Perlis, of Atlanta; grandchildren Lee Perlis, Hayley Perlis, Sarah Perlis and Caroline Perlis; and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Lamar and Jackie Perlis of Cordele and Marvin and Lynette Perlis of Amelia Island, Fla.

Louis was a graduate of Cordele High School and Georgia Tech. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a radio technician on the island of Guam. After completing his service in the Navy and graduating from Georgia Tech, Louis entered the family retail business, The Fair Store, alongside his parents and siblings in Cordele. Louis later became involved in numerous other business pursuits, including other retail operations, shopping center and commercial real estate development, hotel ownership, and other various business ventures. Louis was the consummate entrepreneur.

Louis Perlis

Louis served multiple terms as president of the Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation and the Cordele Chamber of Commerce, which honored him by naming him its Citizen of the Year in 2010. He was active with the American Cancer Society and the Cordele Lions Club and served on various bank boards. He was also a Freemason.

Louis was an avid golfer and fisherman but most of all loved spending time with his family and friends (including his four-legged friends).

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, in the Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation section of Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald. Rabbi Joshua Heller will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation, c/o Phil Perlis, 346 Main S. Main St., Tifton, GA 31794, or a charity of one’s choice. To sign the online registry, go to www.paulkfuneralhome.com. Paulk Funeral Home, Fitzgerald, is in charge of arrangements.