Ray Perkins – Early County News

Raymond James Perkins died of Blakely, Ga. , Friday, September 9, 2022 at the age of 77 at Columbus Hospice in Columbus, Georgia. He was born in Fort Hood (Gatesville), Texas, on September 23, 1944., to the late James Elbert Perkins and Mary Exe Hortman Perkins.

Ray resided in Moultrie, Ga. , during his early years before moving to Bainbridge, Ga. , and finally to Blackley in 1957. Blackley remained in his home until his death. Ray graduated from Blakely Union High School in 1963. He then attended Norman Junior College in Norman Park, Georgia, where he studied business administration.

Ray joined his father in the NAPA Auto Parts business in Blackley. After Ray’s father retired, Ray’s son Jim joined him in the Blakely auto parts business. The business has grown to include a NAPA store in Eufaula, Ala, and together they have served the Blakely community and farmers in southwest Georgia for six decades. In his so-called retirement, Ray was the sole owner of Universal Synthetic Technology serving the tri-state region.

Ray might be remembered in the Blakely community as a man with a passion for the outdoors. He loved to spend his time hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He has been the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Fishermen’s Safety Course instructor for 35 years. He founded the SOWEGA BASS Bassmaster Fishing Club and later joined the Dothan Bassmaster Club. Ray has competed in numerous Bassmaster Tournament Trail competitions throughout the southeastern United States, winning numerous awards and recognitions; But mostly they collect tall tales and not nearly enough cash.

Ray is also famous for his connection to the Boy Scouts of America. As a Boy Scout, he attended the 1957 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As an adult, he was especially proud to serve as a scout leader within the Chehaw Council. For many years, Ray moderated the audit board and investment committee of Eagle Scout. During his tenure, he has proudly raised 36 Eagle Scouts, including Jeff Braswell, Don Braswell and Quinten Mitchell. However, he was pleased to oversee the inauguration of his two sons, Jim and Jeff Perkins.

Ray has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Blakely for 65 years. He was also a member of Magnolia Lodge #86 of Georgia Free and Accepted Freemasons. He held several local and state positions, including the former president of the local inn.

Ray is survived by his 56-year-old wife, Priscilla Karlan Perkins. Three children: Raymond James Perkins,

Jr. (Janet) Calhoun, Georgia; Julie Perkins Miller (Chris) from Fortson, Georgia; Jefferson Howard Perkins (Valerie) of Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren: Alex Perkins (Haley), Blake Perkins, Sean Miller, Paige Miller, Kelly Perkins, William Perkins, Wesley Perkins, and Madeline Perkins; one granddaughter: Riley Madison Perkins; So are the sisters: Martha Jo Morrison of Tallahassee, Florida, and Exe Ruth Buffington (Ken) of Elijay, Ga; Five daughters and a nephew.

The Celebration of Life service will be held at First Baptist Church, Blakely, Georgia, at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2022. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., also at First Baptist Church. Reverend Lyle Bracken, Alan Braswell, and Jeff Perkins will preside over the session. A private family burial at Blakely Cemetery will follow with the Masonic Rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 790 S. Church Street, Blakely, GA 39823 or Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Road, Columbus, GA 31909.

Ray was a social person who had never met a stranger. He was a friend to everyone he met. The family would like to acknowledge his brothers of friends: Robert Odgen, Alan Braswell, David Brunner, Tony Hawkins, Teddy Waller, Ryan Harrell, Ladon McDowell, Eddie McDowell, Blake Sherling, Sam Klinscalis, Will Chandler and thousands more.

Early county news

September 14, 2022

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