Robert Augustus "DaddyBob" Perkins, Sept. 4, 1921, to Oct. 29, 2013. Preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Frances Perkins; and his daughter-in-law, Judy Perkins.
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He is survived by his wife, Henrietta Mosley Perkins; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Paula Perkins; Jimmy and Joan Perkins; and Phillip and Lee Perkins; grandchildren, Daren and Lynn Perkins; Tiffany and Kenny Hutchinson; Derek and Amy Perkins; Emily and Steven Beaumont; Drew Perkins; Andy and Dana Perkins; and Kathleen Perkins; great-grandchildren. Tyler Perkins; Dalton Perkins; Abbi Perkins; Callie Perkins; Jessie Perkins; Madison Hutchinson; Avery Hutchinson; Claire Beaumont; Molly Beaumont; and Emma Kate Perkins. Others to survive him include several nieces; nephews; and cousins; and "adopted son," Wayne Johnson.
DaddyBob was born and raised in Stephens County and graduated from Eastanollee High School where he met the love of his life who became his wife of 73 years. After high school he attended North Georgia Technical School. During WWII he did Department of Defense work at Southeastern Ship Yard in Savannah and at the atomic bomb plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. After the war he moved to Buford and worked at the Lumite plant, a division of Johnson & Johnson, until he went to work for Buford Commercial Bank. He served there for 26 years until his retirement.
Faith, family, and community were the guideposts of DaddyBob's life. For over 65 years he was a member of First Baptist Church of Buford. During that time he was part of the Berean Sunday school class, served as a Sunday school teacher of various age groups, Sunday school Superintendent, Deacon Emeritus, Training Union leader and part of the Men's Brotherhood. DaddyBob practiced unlicensed dentistry at the church by pulling the baby teeth of many children and his family fondly referred to him as the "baby whisperer" because he just had a way with babies. DaddyBob followed the lives of those babies as they grew up and participated in various activities. He was a devoted Buford High School fan, but also attended many baseball games at North Gwinnett to see his grandson play. Not only did DaddyBob serve his community through his church, he also served on the Buford Board of Education, and was instrumental in building the Buford High School football field on Hill Street. For his devotion, he was given a lifetime membership to all Buford sporting events. Other community activities include becoming a Master Mason in 1945 and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 292 after moving to Buford. He later became a Shriner in 1969 and also served as a member of Buford Lions Club.
Through his work in church and community, DaddyBob touched many lives. His spirit of joy and care were evidenced everyday in interactions with those he met and loved. He has left a legacy of hard work, love, joy, and peace to his family.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Buford, Ga., with the Rev. Matt Stacey and the Rev. Wayne Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Flanigan Funeral Home. Flowers accepted or donations made to First Baptist Church Buford Sanctuary Fund, 4550 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford, GA. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Daren Perkins; Derek Perkins; Drew Perkins; Andy Perkins; Kenny Hutchinson; Steven Beaumont. Honorary pallbearers: Tyler Perkins; Dalton Perkins.
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Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Oct. 31, 2013