Born on Wednesday, S e p t e m b e r 2 0 , 2 0 0 0 , to the
l o v i n g and e n c o u r a g i n g parentage of H a p p y W h i t e h e a d - P e r r y a n d S e a n
D ’ F r a z i o P e r r y , young D’Sean was reared in the urban and communal confines of
Miami, Florida, his birthplace, and home.
Poised and prepared for Christ to become a permanent fixture in his young life, D’Sean
attended Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church and submitted to the pastoral covering of
Reverend Dr. Theo Johnson. There, he began to establish a spiritual foundation and
commitment to God. Finally, on January 23, 2011, he dedicated his life to Christ at ten. He was
baptized before God and the 2
Baptist Church of Miami, Florida, under Senior Pastor Reverend Dr.
It was in the thriving metropolis of M i a m i where D’Sean began a life’s journey of unique
challenges, redemptive life experiences, and prayer-inspired victories. The hallmarks of his
young life were the themes of compassion, tenacity, and encouragement, all principles that
would occupy a dominant space in his life for years to come.
The breadth and width of his distinct personality can be traced back to his educational lineage.
Beginning with Ms. Alouise Beauvais as his first teacher in childcare, D’Sean learned and
adopted lifelong lessons of thoughtfulness and discipline.
Through the Whole World Christian and La Petit Academies, he was taught to express himself by
using his words and authentic emotion to relay his important thoughts and messages. At South
Dade County’s Frank C. Martin and Vineland Elementary Schools, D’Sean discovered an enticing
and brand new world that challenged and encouraged him to use his many God-given talents
freely. His parents learned at an early age that he had a penchant for learning, a gift cultivated at
home and by his teachers.
While completing his middle and high school studies at the Gulliver Prep – Upper School in
Pinecrest, Florida, D’Sean consistently recognized and embraced the importance of education and
how it would affect the trajectory of his life.
At Gulliver Prep, he played with passion and reckless abandon…the game of football. The
game that he loved was one that he learned in Pop Warner fashion. Through the Richmond Perrine
Giants and Suniland Sundevil football programs, D’Sean was instilled with the values of
academic excellence and sportsmanship. His countless coaches took an interest in his natural gifts
and team-first attitude, tutoring him to no end. Through athletics, he learned the time honored
principles of endurance and teamwork, which he would come to rely on in years to come.
At Gulliver Prep, D’Sean garnered unparalleled attention because of his unmatched athletic ability
and play on the field. His uncanny ability to know what would happen before a play occurred
made him exceptional. His attention to detail as a top defensive end in the county set him apart
from his high school football colleagues. He was so uniquely gifted that he also spent time as a
linebacker and tight end.
D’Sean concluded his senior season in 2018 with eighty-nine tackles, 16.0 tackles for losses, 3.0
quarterback sacks, and three interceptions. He would help Gulliver Prep earn an 8-4 record and a
D’Sean would cap off a productive high school experience with his sights on the future. Upon
graduation from high school on May 28, 2018, D’Sean was convinced that a college degree was
in his future. He readily accepted a full scholarship to the University of Virginia where he
believed wholeheartedly that his college of choice would hold in store for him many
meaningful athletic and academic encounters.
As a result, he would expand his on-field repertoire and move exclusively to linebacker. In 2020,
D’Sean made his collegiate debut in a victory over Abilene Christian with one tackle and an 84-
yard interception for a touchdown on the game’s final play. The “pick-6” was the second-longest
return in UVA program history by a linebacker.
This season, #41 appeared in six games, securing a career-high four tackles in UVA’s 16-14 win
over Old Dominion University. When asked to describe his teammate in his own words,
Charles Snowden offered, “D’Sean is the human embodiment of resilience and
If football was the center and circumference of D’Sean’s world, then his love for art was the
brightly shining sun in that world. His ability to take abstract ceramic and turn it into a work of art
was mesmerizing. However, the intense focus and dedication he showed to his art craft revealed
his sincere heart. D’Sean’s supplemental talents and passions included painting, poetry, rapping,
piano, and guitar, along with his desire to always be near a basketball court.
On Sunday, November 13, 2022, in Charlotteville, Virginia, D’Sean Emir Perry was
“changed…in a moment…in the twinkling of an eye” and was summoned by God. Without
delay, D’Sean submitted to God’s ultimate and divine will for his life and stepped beyond the
veil to enter his eternal rest.
He is now reunited in heaven with grandfathers Johnny Whitehead and Bobby Perry, along with
aunt, Jzaneen Alexander.
D’Sean leaves countless and precious memories to be cherished by his loving parents, H a p p y
W h i t e h e a d - P e r r y a n d S e a n D ’ F r a z i o P e r r y ; sisters, Dominique Yvette Alexis
(Dean) and D’Shaundra J. Perry; grandmothers, Marilyn Rowena-Whitehead, and Joann
Redmond, aunt, Roeyon Ragin (Andre), uncles, Edwinn and Keith Whitehead, Reginald
Lockwood (Nicola), great aunt, June Roker (Derek), great uncles, Sandy Kindell (Dorothy), Kevin
Kindell (Venessa), Benjamin Alexander, Arelious Jackson (Myrtis), Kevin Hyden, Donald Hyden
(Cheryl), cousins, Sandy Kindell III, Brittany Kindell, Diamond Ragin, D’Andre Ragin, Ethan
Lockwood, Destiny Whitehead, Edwinn Whitehead, Jasmine Whitehead, Keith Whitehead, Jr.,
Dorian James Whitehead,
Special friends in mourning include Taimera Johnson, Shawn Moore, Nicholas Lucky, Gabriel
Taylor, and Mike Hollis, Jr., Coach Tony Elliott, the coaching staff, and the entire University of
Virginia Cavalier Family and Football Team. Additionally, it is noteworthy that an innumerable
host of other sorrowing relatives, neighbors, classmates, church family, and friends, as well as
an exhaustive collection of well-wishers, continue to lift this family in sincere prayer.