Joab Jay Perdue


Joab Jay Perdue, 68, of Amarillo, TX died Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Joab Jay Perdue
Joab Jay Perdue

Visitation and viewing will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2023, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Trinity Fellowship, 5000 Hollywood Rd. in the West Auditorium. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., at Llano Cemetery.

Jay was born on September 8, 1954, in Amarillo, TX to Joab Jackson and Barbara Ann Perdue. He graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1972. Jay married the love of his life, Vicki, on July 10, 1976. He then went on to achieve a Bachelor in Music Education for all levels from West Texas State University (WTAMU) in 1978. Later in life, he was proud to finish his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.

Jay Perdue was a man of many talents and interests. He was a Professional Musician who, along with his wife, Vicki, owned a recording studio for years. He was a prominent businessman and owner of Perdue Acoustics with Vicki for the last 34 years. Jay was a creative who believed in cultivating witty inventions and ideas, not only for himself but helping others to do the same. He was a successful inventor with 23 plus patents (some pending). Jay spent many years leading worship and ministering to kids in church and outreaches in the community. Jay was a builder: he enjoyed building houses and businesses. When his sons were young, he was always leading Cub Scouts, camping trips, and their various activities.  He held the title of Associate Pastor many times over his life. His love for Children’s Ministry was endless and what some call his true passion. He was currently working on a kids’ gospel TV show called Amarilla Gorilla. He was working with WOWW (a children’s STEM program) and Amarillo College, where he was going to schools in the Panhandle, teaching students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. He loved serving in the church and one-on-one discipleship. Jay had a heart for the Lord and wanted everyone to know Jesus as he did, thus it was common for Jay to bring people to church that needed to know Jesus. Jay enjoyed the outdoors and you could often find him and his family on the lake in the summer. He enjoyed camping, hiking, boating, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, flying, and traveling with his love, Vicki. He has shared his love for hunting with his sons from the time they were young until their last hunt recently when his grandson joined them. Jay loved a party! Everyone was invited to any party he had. If you know Jay, you know he loved to open his home to people through various home fellowship groups, parties, and church functions. Watching football with his sons, grandson, and Dad was a favorite pastime. Jay loved playing card games, board games, and a family favorite, Faster Five. His 3 grandchildren were the apples of his eye. He never missed an opportunity to play a game, build a train, or provide a piggyback ride.

He is preceded in death by his mother Barbara Perdue and brother James Perdue. Jay is survived by his beloved wife Vicki Perdue; son Joab Perdue and wife Melissa; Grandkids, Joel, Jovie, and Everlee; son Jesse Perdue; Father, Joe Perdue stepmother June; sisters Jacque Thompson and husband Jim, Jennifer Perdue, and Jayna Anglen and husband Russell and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Due to Jay’s heart for Children’s Ministry, the family requests memorials be donated to Trinity Fellowship Eastridge Kids Outreach at and/or Kiana’s House (a safe house for kids being placed into Foster Care).


34 Replies to “Joab Jay Perdue”

  1. Jay, we had the whole auditorium yelling and whistling to “Your Cheatn’ Heart” at Travis and Palo Duro. You were the real star of the show. You never lost your magical smile. Singing with you at our 50th Class Reunion, back in August, was a blast. I’m praying for your wife Vicki and your children and grandchildren. Memories of Jay will live on with each of us and will bring a smile because you taught so many your wonderful smile. I’ll see you on the other side, my friend.

  2. Shocked!!! I went to Palo Duro High School with Jay and his brother James. My brother Tim and I use to hangout with Jay and have a good time. Jay was always so full of life! I used to love listening to him play with his high school rock band, Mojave Expedition, along with Gary and Cal. They were tight! Lots of great memories of Jay and the Purdue family. God Bless you Jay! Say hello to James and Cal for me!

  3. I guess they cancelled mine, but I love you guys, and am praying for you. He was one of my best friends that I really looked up to and saw Jesus in his life. Even more now that he’s in heaven.

  4. So honored to have known Jay and privilege to have served with him Ministry. No doubt he Love the Lord and Love people. Jay, my friend you are missed already but we will see you again. Vicki, we continue to Pray for you, Joab, Melissa, kids and Jesse. Love y’all.

  5. This is absolutely heartbreaking. Jay was always so lovely and warm—such a staple of my childhood memories 🤍 Sending love to Jesse, Joab, Vicki and the rest of his family 🙏🏼✨

  6. Angels rejoice when we come home. I remember Jay always sharing his beautiful and uplifting smile. He had the best ideas, never failing to motivate the rest of us. He is one of the few people I know who truly believed in working to realize one’s potential. Thoughts and prayers for Vicki and family.

  7. Jay you taught me so much about myself and life. Thank you for being who God had called you to be. Love you so much, we will see you again.

  8. Vickie, DeWanda and I are sorry for your loss. God wanted him more than we did. The last time I saw and talked to Jay was at Barney’s when he was helping make a bus into a camper for Joe. Jay was such a character and loving man. So many memories. We will miss you cousin,

  9. I was one of those kids that Jay ministered to at Children’s church, now I’m a grown Man of God with a family of my own, and I’m grateful that Jay played a part in the early days of my faith walk with Christ. He was a jolly fellow and faithful servant of The Lord so far as I could tell, and I know he was so much more to so many others!

    “Shut up devil, I don’t wanna hear what you say!
    Shut up devil, I know it’s a lie anyway!”
    I can still hear Jay singing it!

    Thanks Jay!

    Blessings and Peace to the Family! The Lord is with you!

  10. Jay was a special person and certainly left a lot of great memories for us all to share. He was truly one of the most sincere and kind individuals I ever had the pleasure to call my friend. You will be missed and I look forward to seeing you in the next life! Rest in Peace brother and thank you for all the memories!!

  11. Vicki, I so wish I could be there to celebrate Jay’s life. He was the most unique person and one of the first I met when I moved to Erin. Back surgery prevents me some long trips. I will be thinking of Jay and all your family and will be with you in spirit. I am heartbroken Love you!!

  12. Jay was the most real person I have ever had the honor to call friend. He was a pleasure to be around, and he always made a room light up. I will miss him in this life, and hope to give him a hug in the next. I can picture him walking with Christ, talking and laughing. I am Blessed to have known Jay, and I thank God for giving us all the time we had with him.

  13. Jay I remember when LaMar and I first met you at the Motor Home, ended up buying it! You are an amazing you will be missed by many, when I first read that you went to join our father in heaven, I was in shock! You were such a lively go getter! Keep entertaining in heaven!

  14. Vicki, Rick and I were saddened to hear of Jay’s passing. We always enjoyed the times we were able to spend with the two of you. Jay was an original. He made people feel like the were the most important people in the room. Prayers for you and the family.

  15. A remarkable man with a heart as big as Texas for his Lord Jesus, for his family, for his friends, and really, everyone he met and ministered to! This is an incredible tribute and description of a man who will be greatly missed. May Jay’s legacies continue to shine brightly in this world!

  16. Of all the things that can and have been said about Jay, I keep thinking over and over again this thought, “Jay REALLY lived life and loved his way through it all’”
    God bless Him and Vicki too!

  17. Jay, only a few people have had such a Godly and positive impact on this world. Jesus just shown brightly from your very soul. You blessed so many here. It’s strange but I believe you will continue that in heaven, with Jesus flowing brighter than ever.
    I sure enjoyed working on sound systems, acoustics, and music with you and Vickie. Someday we might just do that again, in another land. Love you my bro.

  18. Thank you Jay & Vickie for always expressing joy. Your joy was contagious & I could always count on it when around either one of you or both of you.
    Maria & I love you both & your entire family as well.
    If ever there was an individual to emanate, it was Jay Perdue! But now he’s with The Lord Jesus!

  19. Jay & I have been friends and brothers for 50 + yrs. We have played drums together, hunted, rode horses, worked on projects, took trips, kayaked down rivers, dined together with the love of our lives, our wives, played games, worshipped together, prayed together, and enjoyed so many wonderful & special memories too numerous to mention. I know our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ met Jay with the words Well Done Good & Faithful Servant ! I’m sad to see you go my brother, but I’m rejoicing that you’re iHome, and just a little jealous you made it to Heaven before me ! Love you always & forever Jay Bird ! Sending prayers to Vicki, Joab & Family, Jesse, and all the Perdue Family with God’s comfort, peace, and unending Love ! Edgil, Rhonda, & Family

  20. Jay was synonymous with love, passion, a zeal for life, and so much more. God has you back Jay, and we will all miss you for a time. See you when He calls us.

    May we all find peace in our found memories of you. I wonder what you might invent for heaven now that you are there. Smiles!

    I thank God for our time together!

    Warm wishes of peace to Vickie and family.

  21. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you, Vicky, Joab, and the rest of your family. Surely, Jay is dancing and rejoicing and finding rest. For that we all are thankful. He touched many lives and was a servant of the Lord.

  22. Jay will be forever missed by so many.
    We share in your sorrow.
    With love and friendship.

  23. One of the best “teachers” I ever met. Smart, fun loving, caring – always dreaming of the “next thing”. He truly changed our industry. I will miss you Jay both personally and professionally.

  24. Jay’s mom and my Mom were best friends for 50 years. This breaks my heart, knowing him all my life! Sending love to Uncle Joe, Jennifer, Vicki and everyone else.

  25. I have been representing Perdue for awhile now. I never got the chance to meet Jay. He was planning to work with me this week in South Florida. I’m heading out to a high school gymnasium to use some of your impulse response test kit fixtures (balloons) this afternoon. Godspeed, Jay, sorry we never got to meet.

  26. Jay, you made a warm, positive spot in the hearts of everyone who was blessed to know and work with you. I am confident that heaven is now a happier place with your presence.

    Right next to me is my “full frequency, non-electronic sound burst apparatus” built by your hands with your signature and I will surely treasure it but more so, your smile and positive countenance every time I see it. Jay, I hope your joy is now complete and greater than ever.

  27. Dear Joab so sorry to hear about you Dad. My condolences to you and all the family. May God Bless and comfort you all during this time.

  28. Sweet Jay,
    You will be missed by so many.. God be with your precious family.. we shall all meet again soon..
    Rest in Peace…
    In God Love

  29. One of Palo Duro’s finest gone and NEVER forgotten. Love ya bunches Jay. See you at supper.

  30. I will be forever grateful for all the sweet words and prayers Jay and Vickie spoke upon my life …. Jay is definitely riding the WHITE HORSE in the heavens army …. 🙏😢

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