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A wake will take place on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 10:30am at the Christian Life Church, located at 6605 Liberty Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207.

The memorial service will take place on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 11:00am at the Christian Life Church, located at 6605 Liberty Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207.  For those unable to attend the service in-person, you can participate remotely by viewing the live stream of the service (please scroll up to see the video).

The interment will take place on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, located at 11501 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (following the memorial service).

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Elva Lee Carline Perry was born on September 16, 1925 in Baldwin, Louisiana.  She was the 7th of 9 children born to the late Edward Carline II and Louversa Pentard Carline.  She quietly departed life on June 23, 2022 after a lengthy bout of illness.  Elva embraced the Christian faith at an early age in Baldwin at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Elva joined the Christian Life Church Family in 1991 with joy, enthusiasm, and has been a committed member of the Church.  She rejoiced in attending weekly church service and praising the Lord. Her walk with God continued until she departed this earthly home.

Elva attended the Baldwin Public School in Louisiana.  She was the first daughter to leave home, as well as, the first to be married.  She married the late Samuel Stephenson, Sr. from that union they were blessed with four children.  She was a devoted mother and homemaker living In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the 1950’s Elva relocated to Baltimore, Maryland and started a new career as a manager of a lounge and restaurant.  She was known as a great conversationalist and a counselor to many customers and friends.  After working for several years, she decided to go back to school, to become a cosmetologist at the Apex School of Cosmetology.  Later, she made another career change and became a store detective for Hutzler’s Department Store. As a result, of her outstanding work and commitment as a store detective, she received a Special Police Commission from The Maryland State Police Department.

Elva married her second husband, the late George Perry, Jr., and from that union they were blessed with one child and began their family life on Fernpark Avenue.   The Fernpark community embraced the Perry’s and as a result, “Ms. Elva” as she was called, developed the reputation of being the nosey neighborhood watch block patrol.

Elva was an avid track star and basketball player which led to her love and enjoyment of many sports.  She enjoyed watching sports on TV and attended several of her grandson’s Giles swim meets.  In addition, she loved fashion and would always stick with her favorite brand of clothing. In her later years, she loved sitting on the porch enjoying her house and the wonderful neighborhood.

Elva is preceded in death by siblings: Edward Carline, Glenny Carline, Herman Carline, Newton Carline, Osa “Ocie” Napoleon, Deola Lewis, Alvin Carline. Two sons: Samuel Stephenson, Warren Stephenson.

She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Diana Stephenson Neasey, Dottie Stephenson, Marcia Perry Smith, one son-in-law: Harold Smith.  One daughter-in-law: Sandra Stephenson, one sister: Helen Lee.  Six Grandchildren: Alton Boyd, Natalie Brown, Stephanie Stephenson, Marcus Neasey, Monica Wright, Giles Smith.  Three sister-in-Laws: Barbara Carline, Blanche Carline, Harriett Perry Whitt. Dear friend (Harold’s mother): Annie Smith.  One Godchild: Latrese Brown, and a host of great-great grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Her Fernpark Avenue Family: Nelsons/Clarks, Battles, Thomas’, Traynhams, Williams’, Cummins’, Williamsons, Scotts/Johnsons, Dows, Smiths, Alexanders.


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We had the distinct privilege of serving the Perry family for the Celebration of Life of Elva Lee Carline Perry at the Christian Life Church in Baltimore MD.

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