thomas walter perkins

PERKINS YADKINVILLE ~ Thomas Walter "Perk" Perkins Nov. 14, 2011 ~ May 14, 2011 Mr. Thomas Walter "Perk" Perkins, 93, died Saturday, May 14, 2011. He was born November 15, 1917, to Lee and Hettie Snow Perkins of Copeland. Mr. Perkins was a loving husband, father, PaPa, PaPa 2, and uncle. Mr. Perkins was retired from CBS Corporation as an audio engineer. He worked at WBT in Charlotte before going to CBS in New York in 1950 and CBS in Washington, DC in 1964. In his work he was able to meet many famous people and fly on Air Force One with four different presidents. He enjoyed sharing his experiences and keepsakes from his career. On retiring, he and his wife, Jamie, returned to East Bend where he enjoyed his woodwork shop, vegetable and flower gardening, and volunteer work. He was instrumental in beginning the East Bend Public Library and enjoyed hosting school children on field trips to his home. He was well known for his pumpkin pies, chicken and dumplings, and sausage balls. Mr. Perkins was a charter member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Charlotte, which was formed in his home in 1948. He attended Maplewood Baptist Church in Yadkinville. Surviving are his son, Tommy (Linda) Perkins and daughter, Carolyn (Phillip) Graham. He was the proud grandfather of Jamie (David) McCollum, Lee Perkins, David (Kristie) Graham, and Jason (Angie) Graham; great-grandfather of Brittany and Kenton McCollum, Parker and Dawson Graham, Casey and Wyatt Graham and step great-grandson, Seth Miller. He is also survived by brothers, Carroll (Beulah) Perkins, Jim (Betty) Perkins, Bob (Shirley) Perkins, several nieces and nephews, and his special companion, his bird, "Happy". Mr. Perkins was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jamie Smitherman Perkins; brother, Thurmond Perkins, and sister, Vetra Covington. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. The Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. at Gentry Family Chapel with Jimmy Lancaster officiating. Burial will follow at Union Grove Baptist Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Magnolia's over Yadkin, Yadkin Valley Community Palliative Care, and Mountain Valley Hospice for all the love and care shown to Thomas and his family. Memorials can be made to East Bend Library Fund, PO Box 69, East Bend, NC 27018. Online condolences can be made at www.gentryfuneral Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville is serving the Perkins family.