Perdue spent over a year in Korea with the U.S. Army, before returning to Atlanta to rejoin the Rhodes Furniture Company. After retiring from the company, he pursued his interest in real estate and formed Perdue Management Company.
For 55 years he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the A.G. Rhodes Homes, a non-profit nursing home that was established in 1904 by his great-grandfather. Perdue vastly expanded the facility and with the help of his wife of 57 years, he established the Compassionate Nursing Assistant of the Year Award. Another project Perdue took on with his wife was the site selection, acquisition and development of Camp Meriwether, which provides an outdoor adventure for thousands of Girl Scouts each year.
Perdue also supported the High Museum of Art and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He was a member of Piedmont Driving Club, Society of Colonial Wars and an honorary member of the East Africa Professional Hunters Association.