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Henry Huzel Perkins (1943 - 2013)

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Henry Huzel Perkins 1943 - 2013 Henry Huzel Perkins was born in Chicago Illinois on April 8, 1943 to Huzel Perkins and Annie B. Higginbottom. Henry was the fourth of five children . After the sudden passing of Huzel, Annie B. moved to Bakersfield California to be closer to family, her father in law the late Percy Perkins. She was employed as a nurse until her passing in 1993 As a young boy, Henry was in his family musical group known as "The Perkins Kids". He recorded his first record at age three, the song was entitled "I Trust in God". He attended McKinley Elementary, Emerson Jr High and Bakersfield High School, where he played percussion in the famous Driller Marching Band. Continuing his passion for music, Henry joined the world renowned musical group the Royal Impalas in 1953 and was a member until 2007. Henry Perkins was the pianist for the famous Whitfield Sisters, Linda, Gayle and Wanda on their number one hit record Boo Hoo Hoo. He also accompanied The Hernandez Sisters; Rachel, Lupe and Delores. Henry enlisted in The United States Marine Corps from 1963-1966. During that time he completed music school and was active in various musical groups where he was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. Henry was awarded the National defense service medal and the good conduct medal during his time in the Marines. After his discharge, Henry moved to Riverside, California. During this time he earned a Bachelors degree in Spanish with a minor in music from California State University San Bernadino. Henry continued to pursue his love of music. He spent many years writing music in English and in Spanish, producing, recording and performing his work. He played many instruments including guitar, piano, bass and drums. Henry also worked for the local school district and retired after 30 + years of service. Henry Perkins departed this life at Kaiser Hospital, woodland Hills CA on July 27, 2013 Henry leaves behind his adoring sister Everlene Lawrence of Granada Hills ca, sister Melva Perkins of Ontario ca, Loving cousins SE Hampton, Milan Tenn, Clara Hill of Cleveland, Ohio Nephews, Alfred Prude, Lavell Davenport, Charlie Davenport, Darius Lawrence; Nieces Marlene Jones, Laveda White, Romesa Wilson, Mary Ann Long and Jackie Jackson; great nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 16, 2013
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