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Former Tennessean Associate Editor Dies

June 21, 1987

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Jennings Perry, a former associate editor of The Tennessean, has died following a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 86.

A native of Jackson, Tenn., Perry died Friday at his Nashville home. Graveside services are scheduled for Monday in Jackson.

Perry was an editorial writer and foreign correspondent for The Tennessean before resigning in 1946. He became a columnist for the New York newspaper PM and in the 1960s worked as executive secretary for Citizens for TVA.

In a crusade against the state’s poll tax, Perry wrote more than 1,000 editorials for The Tennessean. He also wrote a book about the tax, which he called a ″price of admission to the ballot box.″

Author David Halberstam, who knew Perry when he was on The Tennessean staff, called him ″a landmark figure in Tennessee politics.″

″It would be impossible to overestimate the importance of what Jennings did in ending the poll tax in Tennessee,″ Halberstam said in a telephone interview from New York.