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Mrs. Lillie Mae (nee' Lockerman) Perkins of Bell, Florida died on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. Mrs. Perkins was 87. She was born in Dooly County Georgia on October 12, 1925 to Eula Thompson Lockerman and Chesley Lockerman and was one of 5 children.

She is preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Perkins, parents Eula (nee' Thompson) and Chesley Lockerman, brothers, Lewis and Jeff Lockerman and her sister Lucille Lockerman Lamberth.

She is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by her sister Doris Lockerman Collier of Byron, GA., daughter Joanne and son-in-law Gary Halter of Bell, FL., 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and many numerous nieces and nephews whom she was so proud of and loved dearly.

Lillie Mae will be remembered as a woman who loved sports. In particular she followed her New York Yankees and had the opportunity to watch them play at Yankee Stadium and the Florida Gators. She loved gardening and hated leaves (along with Magnolia and Holly trees). She was a wonderful wife, an excellent seamstress and homemaker, and a true friend. But most of all she was a loving and wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lillie Mae was married to Joseph Cecil Perkins in 1940 and enjoyed 42 years of being with the only man she ever loved. Most of all she was devoted to him and her loving care was instrumental in her family having him with them much longer than they ever expected due to chronic illness suffered by Mr. Perkins. She loved her family with a passion, especially the four little great-grand people and as a result her family enjoyed her presence and love for a longer period of time as she could not bear to leave them.

Most of all she wanted them to remember Mam-Maw and how much she loved them and for her great-grandchildren to have precious memories to take with them through life. Lillie Mae was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church for 71 years and gave her love and devotion to the church and its parishioners. She was blessed to be surrounded by loving friends and family and will be terribly missed.

Lillie Mae was known to often say to her granddaughter and granddaughter-in-law, "Those babies (referring to her great-grandchildren) are so beautiful and you are blessed to have them." Her family was blessed to have her for 87 wonderful years.

There will be a viewing at Watson Funeral Home on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6-8 P.M. Her funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Corbin and Mr. David Halter officiating. Interment to follow at Townsend Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome (she loved flowers) or donations can be made in her name to Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, The USO or Haven Hospice.

Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, 426 W. Wade Street, Trenton, FL. 32693 (352) 463-8888.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012
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