Perkins, Rev. James Leroy

Date: Monday, August 3, 2020
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Monday, August 3, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Memorial may be made to Verla


James Leroy Perkins of Robertsville, MO, departed this life in St. Louis, MO, on July 28, 2020, having reached the age of eighty years, eleven months and seven days. James was born in Washington, MO, on August 21, 1939, son of William Ambrose Perkins, known to all as Ambrose, and Sadie Perkins nee Fowler. On June 24, 1967, he was united in marriage to Verla Mae Hulsey and three children came to bless this union.

James is survived by his wife, Verla Perkins of Robertsville, MO; by his children, Rev. James Darren Perkins, known to all as Darren, and wife, Christie, of St. Clair, MO, Robert C. Perkins of Union, MO, and Cynthia Ingram and husband, Shavar, of Robertsville; by his God-children; by one sister, Delores Hulsey of Anderson, MO; by eleven grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Ambrose and Sadie Perkins; by four brothers, Marvin and Emmet Clark and Edward and Ambrose Perkins, and by five sisters, Sadie Harding, Barbara Bates, Lucille Bailey, Ida Adams and Ada Johnson.

James was a devoted Christian, having been saved in 1974. He was ordained as a minister in April of 1985 at Robertsville Temple in Robertsville, MO. He went on to serve as the Pastor for fifteen year for the Historical First Baptist Church in Pacific, MO, as their minister for fifteen years. James graduated from St. Clair High School in 1959, having run track and played on the basketball and baseball teams. He then furthered his education at East Central College in Union, MO. James had served in the United States Army from March 22, 1964 to March 14, 1967 obtaining the rank of Sergeant and had served overseas in Nuremburg, Germany. He had also earned the citations of Driver, Self-Propelled Howitzer, Asst. Gunner, Gunner Section Chief, Sgt. Of Guard over Nuclear Rounds, Top Secret Clearance. During his working years, he had been employed at Brown’s Shoe Company in Union, MO as a supervisor and as a Soil Conservation Aide for the Soil Conservation Service in the Union Field Office for about one and a half years. He later worked at SKF Foundry in Washington, MO for about twelve years and as a driver for Franklin County Transportation, retiring after eight years of service. James was mechanically inclined and loved to work with his hands, rebuilding small engines. He was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Cooking was another of his talents. James remained an avid sports fan and loved to spend time reading. Nothing made his happier than the time spent with his children and grandchildren and he was anxiously awaiting the arrival of another grandchild.

Visitation was held on Monday, August 3, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with funeral services at 6:00 PM with the Rev. Darren Perkins and the Rev. Billy Brison officiating. Committal services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. (Jefferson Barracks limits to fifty-person attendance.) Memorials may be made to Verla Perkins.