William Stevenson (Pirkins) Perkins was born in Whitewater, Ind., to William E. and Maude Elliott Perkins on Aug. 27, 1911, and passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2007.
He attended school in Economy, Ind., and Webster, Ind. He graduated from Webster High School in 1930. In 1935, he accepted Christ into his life under the leadership of Elder Booker Davis and during the next following years was a faithful usher, superintendent of the Sunday school, deacon in the church and sang in the church choir.
In 1937 he married Edna O. Sawyer and to this union was born five children. He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, William C. (Bondee) Perkins of Richmond, Ind., and Anthony Perkins of Indianapolis, Ind.; and three daughters, Barbara (David) Hurd of Indianapolis, Ind., Janice (Bobby) Armstead of Bartlett, Ill., and Robin (Blane) Dock of Atlanta, Ga. He also leaves to cherish his memory seven grandchildren, Monica Johnson, Valerie Washington, Patrick Hurd, Rochelle Armstead, Shalonda Gordon, William and Barry Perkins; and 13 great-grandchildren, Morgan, Catherine, Andrew, Noah, Alexandria, Maya, Leise, Raymond, William Michael, Jaslyn, Lourdes, Ashlynn and Chloe. He also leaves one sister, Mary Armstead of Grove Hill, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna; two brothers, Hubert and Theodore; and three sisters, India, Dora and Martha.
Mr. Perkins was a mail carrier for over 20 years in the city of Richmond. He had several hobbies. He made several clocks and end tables from redwood that he brought back from California and for several years he was a member of the Prop Busters Radio Control Airplane Club. He was a World War II veteran serving in the South Pacific and was a member of the American Legion. He traveled widely and internationally.
His funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Original Church of God at 811 N. 14th St., Richmond, with calling for friends on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5-8 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City, Ind.
The C. Stircle Patterson Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.
Originally published August 6, 2007