Warren Perkins

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Warren Reginald "W.R." Perkins, 70, was born on April 10, 1948 in Gastonia, NC to the late Benjamin Satchel and Louise Barrett Perkins. He transitioned at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC on July 5, 2018.

Warren was a proud 1966 graduate of Highland Senior High School in Gastonia, North Carolina. He then enrolled in collegiate courses prior to being drafted to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Warren chose to complete his obligation in the United States Army, and was assigned for Basic Training at the Fort Bragg Army Base near Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1969. After graduating from Basic Training and completing a brief tour in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Warren was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. While in the Army, he served as a unit supply specialist and represented the U.S. Army as a member of the 3rd Armored Division Basketball Team. A loyal soldier, Warren was honorably discharged from the Army in 1971 after completing his two-year service obligation.

In April of 1973, he married Cheryl Odom Perkins, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life. From this union, a daughter, Adrienne, was born in December of 1974. In 1982, Warren completed his Bachelor of Science degree at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina.

Although Warren was employed in many fields from the 1970s until his retirement in 2005, he was most committed to and enjoyed his careers in recreation management and law enforcement. He particularly loved mentoring and interacting with youth as Assistant Director at the Gaston Boys' and Girls' Club in the 1980's and 1990's. Among all of his accomplishments, Warren was most proud of becoming the first African-American Chief of Police in Gaston County, as he served as Director of Campus Safety and Security at Gaston College from 1993 to 1995.

At the early age of 12, Warren was baptized by Rev. C.S. Hall at Friendship Baptist Church (currently Friendship Christian Church) and continued to be a life-time member of Friendship Christian Church. He was also a Lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Warren had a wealth of knowledge that he enjoyed sharing with his family members and friends. Furthermore, Warren closely followed Historically Black College and University (HBCU) sports teams and was a major fan of and season pass ticket holder for his alma mater's football team, the NCCU Eagles. He had also been a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the age of ten.

Warren (also affectionately known as "Perk", "Matt Dillion", "Chief", and "Six-Eight") is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cheryl and his daughter, Adrienne Perkins, sisters Brenda Ballard (Daryl "Tony"), Yvonne Perkins, and Joycelyn Jamison (Michael), aunt Callie Bush, special cousins Paulette Jackson and Danny Barrett (Alison), adored his adopted "son" Jonathan Gordon and adopted "daughter" Kia Mitchell, host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends whom he loved dearly.

The funeral service will be Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Friendship Christian Church, Gastonia at 12:30 pm. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm.

Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Costner Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

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Costner Funeral Home
2425 West Franklin Boulevard
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 864-6787
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Published in Gaston Gazette from July 10 to July 11, 2018