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George W. Perkins,Jr.

May 12, 1946 — March 20, 2022

"Always look out for your family" was George's lifelong advice to Daniel (son); and George lived by that creed. Family meant everything to him and he lived his life accordingly, especially regarding his sons Darren, Desi and Daniel. He was a "man's man". He took care of his family, and believed a man loved and protected his wife, sons and family. George was a man of faith, conviction and principles. He strongly believed in treating everyone with respect, even when others didn't. Former inmates often told him the impact he had on their lives and they appreciated how he treated them - firm but fair - and always with respect. Born to George and Gloria Perkins, Sr. on May 12, 1946, George was reared in Riverhead, New York. George retired from United States Army in 1986. His medals and citations Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (6 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross and a host of additional awards. He then joined the Hampton Sheriff's Office earning the rank of Lieutenant while serving an illustrious career with many well-deserved, and outstanding achievements until retirement in 2011. He sustained his military interests by joining Gethsemane Baptist Church's Military Ministry. His church affiliations also included ushering and the Men's Ministry. When the call went out for help, George readily took on logistical support at GBC South in Carrollton VA. Setting up, breaking down, serving at GBC community events and helping whenever and wherever needed, all under the spiritual guidance of his GBC pastors, Bishop Dwight Riddick and Rev. Todd Smith. George also found great pleasure and fulfillment in serving with the Meals-On-Wheels ministry at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Suffolk, VA. He experienced such joy and lasting friendships while volunteering with that feeding program. George also found great pleasure and fulfillment in serving with the Meals-On-Wheels ministry at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Suffolk, VA. He experienced such joy and lasting friendships while volunteering with that feeding program. His active lifestyle included bowling, hunting. He was an avid baseball and softball player. He loved golf, golf and more golf. Let's not forget his passion for watching NASCAR racing and supporting his beloved Raiders. Raider Nation reigns supreme (in George's eyes) In case you didn't know, George was a jazz aficionado. His favorite artists are too numerous to mention. On any given day, you'd hear the melodious sounds of John Coltrane, George Howard, Hubert Laws, and Sade just to name a few. The saxophone was his favorite instrument. In fact, one of his favorite musical artists is known as "The Sax Man". Can you guess who? George! He also enjoyed the vibrant work of noted painter, Ernie Barnes. George aka 'LT', 'Georgie P', 'Perk,' 'Perky Perk', and 'Papa Smurf' had a big heart, broad smile and hearty laugh. He was jovial, quick to smile and very slow to anger. He rarely said an unkind word about anyone. You couldn't be sad for very long around him. His spirit just wouldn't allow it. Of all his names and surnames, the ones he treasured most were husband, dad and granddad. He had no choice but to be a great husband, a phenomenal dad and a loving grandfather because that's the way God made him! And that's the man we celebrate today. On March 20, 2022, George joined his parents, and son, Darren Perkins in his heavenly home. George leaves behind memories that will last a lifetime with his loving wife of 25 years, Maria Perkins; two sons, Desmond and Daniel Perkins; a grandson, Rahaun Perkins; one sister, Anne Perkins; extended family members, Rosetta Glover, Darlene Glover, Martha Legrand, Gretta Legrand, Elmo Linton, Alex and Maya Linton, Herb and Carol Williams, Myra and Ursula Jackson and many family members in New York and Ohio, along with countless friends near and far A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12pm on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, Va. Viewing will take place from 4-6pm on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Shivers Funeral Chapel and two hours prior to the service at the church. Please keep the Perkins family in your thoughts and prayers. View Memorial Video
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