PEGGY PERRY BELCHER
Mrs. Peggy Perry Belcher, who passed away in 2002 was a pillar in the Paris and Henry County, TN community. In her professional career, she was a dedicated funeral director and insurance agent.
She was a founding member of the Golden Star Community Club that awarded scholarships to local students and produced the Ms. Black Paris pageants. She received numerous accolades and awards in her lifetime including insurance agent of the year and the “Marquis de Paris” Award from the Office of the Mayor in recognition of her outstanding community service. She held various board positions such as past secretary of the NAACP, President of the Sister to Sister #1 Auxiliary Club and President of the Usher Board at her beloved Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Once dubbed as the “Quiet Storm” because of her quiet nature yet commanding presence when entering a room, Peggy was best known for her tireless efforts rendered to the people in the community, especially to the youth of Paris and Henry County.
In 2003, the Peggy Perry Belcher Scholarship Fund was founded by Mrs. Perry Belcher’s daughter, Tanza. It was established as a way for Tanza to deal with the grief of losing her mother and to continue the legacy of a woman whose influence and encouragement resulted in the pursuit of higher education by many youth in the community.
The PPBS Fund’s mission is to provide educational opportunities through scholarship and educational awareness programs that positively impact and influence youth to pursue levels of higher learning.
Our annual signature fundraiser gala is held the first Saturday in June to recognize the scholarship recipients and local community leaders who are making strides in the community. To date, 57 scholarships have been awarded for a total of $32,425. Several programs are currently being planned to further the mission of the scholarship fund. These programs will focus on higher education for students, encourage parent participation and community involvement.