MT. HOLLY - Billy Richard Perkins, 83, passed away April 23, 2014, after a brief illness.
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He was born in Lincoln County, son of the late Sullivan T. and Sally Esther Hovis Perkins. He was the last survivor of seven children. He at-tended Goshen Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Perkins loved his kids, grandkids and family. He enjoyed raising a garden each year and loved shar-ing his bounty with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Iva Bass Perkins; three children, Ronald Stephen Perkins of Dallas, Richard Eugene Perkins and wife Rebecca Wag-staff Perkins of Mount Holly, Sharon Perkins Helton and husband Paul Jack Helton of Concord; five grandchildren, Matthew Brian Perkins and wife Casey Griffith Perkins, Kevin Michael Perkins, Jacquelyn Blythe Helton, Daniel Lane Helton, and Anthony Drew Helton Sr.; six great-grandchildren, Anthony Drew Helton Jr., Leah Elizabeth Helton, Harper Rose Helton, Logan Wells Bush, Sophie Grace Perkins, Gabriel James Perkins.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Perkins will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Goshen Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Clayton Burch officiating.
Interment will be at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Gaston County, PO Box 3984 Gastonia NC 28054.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC is serving the family.
Woodlawn Funeral Home
375 Woodlawn Avenue
Mount Holly, NC 28120
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 25, 2014