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Mrs. Pearl L. Perkins, 84, a native of Petersburg, Va., and retired teacher from Peabody High School and Peabody Junior High School died on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at her home from natural causes while receiving hospice care. She was the daughter of the late Joseph C. Lomax Sr. and Marie Richardson Lomax.

A 1946 graduate and valedictorian of Peabody High School, Mrs. Perkins was awarded the Medal of Honor from the City School Board, which was presented by the superintendent of the Petersburg Public Schools. She was also awarded a Virginia State College scholarship, an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority award and was selected for a SAT merit scholarship by the National Administrative Board for Pepsi-Cola scholarships.

As a 1950 graduate of Virginia State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, Mrs. Perkins dedicated her life's work to education. She was a ninth-grade Algebra teacher for 31 years until her retirement in 1987 and was appointed to the Petersburg School Board in 1988. A member of the School Board until 1996, Mrs. Perkins served as vice chairman of the board from 1993 to 1994, and from 1994 to 1995, she served as chairman of the board. Mrs. Perkins was also honored as first runner-up for Teacher of the Year for the school year 1983-1984.

Mrs. Perkins was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Hubert S. Perkins of Petersburg, Va.; two daughters, Olymphia Perkins of Chesapeake, Va., and Linda Perkins of Philadelphia, Pa.; and four wonderful, devoted grandchildren. She is also survived by her eldest sister, Jane L. Blunt of Petersburg, Va. Mrs. Perkins was a lifetime member of Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church.

A private funeral service for Mrs. Pearl L. Perkins will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Algebra Project, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139 with a designation for the Petersburg Public Schools Project. Online gifts for The Algebra Project or may be made via email to">">">

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Perkins at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,
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