William W. Perkins
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William Perkins passed away Wednesday the 28th of November in Brookhaven. Born August 24, 1926 to Thomas Hayes Perkins, Jr. and Clara Whittington Perkins in Brookhaven, Mississippi, he graduated from Brookhaven High School. He attended the University of Mississippi. Colorado University, and received a degree in business administration at Louisiana State University. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Bill served in the U. S. Navy as a corpsman on a minesweeper stationed in the Sea of Japan.
He joined his father and brother in the family business, retail furniture. Bill loved his community and always looked for ways to make it a better place to live.
Bill was a strong supporter and promoter of the Boy Scouts serving in many capacities including, District Commissioner, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Andrew Jackson Council. His dedication and long term service was recognized by their highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award.
Bill was an active member of First United Methodist Church where he served as Superintendent of Church School, Chairman of the Administrative Board and on the Board of Trustees. He had a passion for the United Methodist Men serving as the local president, District President, and Conference President where he was recipient of their highest award, "Fellow of the Society of John Wesley".
Bill was an enthusiastic member of the Brookhaven Noon Lions Club since 1952 serving as president and became District Governor and Chairman of the District Governors. He was a recipient of the Melvin Jones award for his many years of service.
He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and served as President of the Industrial Foundation. He was a active in the National Home Furnishings Association becoming a director
He is preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Perkins, Jr., his brother Thomas H. Perkins, III, his sisters Hortense Prater and Marilyn Harris. He is survived by his wife Betty Ann Malvaney Perkins, sons William W. Perkins, Jr. and Don Perkins, and wife Theresia Perkins, grandchildren Alison Perkins, Jeff Perkins, Whitney Perkins, and Kseniya Savelyeva Perkins.
Funeral service will be at First United Methodist Church 215 West Cherokee Street, Brookhaven at 11 Friday with burial at Rosehill Cemetery to follow.
Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 358, Brookhaven, MS. 39602.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 30, 2012