Mr. Joseph Jerome Perkins

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Joseph Perkins, Sr. of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy 224, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in Brown Chapel Cemetery. Public Visitation for Mr. Perkins will be Friday, February 3, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at West's Mortuary. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we ask that you MASK UP and continue to practice social distancing for your protection and for the protection of others.

Joseph Jerome Perkins, Sr. was born October 27, 1953, in Montezuma, Georgia to Bessie Lee Sneed Perkins and Norman Perkins, Sr. He was the youngest of twelve siblings. Joe attended Flint River Farm School and was a 1971 graduate of D. F. Douglass High School. He continued his education at Morris Brown College and graduated from Georgia State University and Dekalb County Community College. Joe married Deborah Perkins on March 11, 1977, and to this union three children were born.

Joe was employed as a drafter by the City of Atlanta under Maynard Jackson, the first Black mayor of the city. During Mayor Jackson’s tenure, Joe helped design what we know as Spaghetti Junction. He was also employed at Kraft Foods as a line supervisor. Later he followed in his brother’s footsteps and started his branch of Perkins Auto Recycling. He was also an expert tax preparer and expert trumpet player. Mr. Joe was also an expert political and world news analyst. CNN and MSNBC were his favorite tv channels. He loved music of all genres, but Rock and Country were his favorites. He also enjoyed cooking on the grill. Ribs were his favorite to burn up. His favorite football team was the Georgia Bulldogs. Joe enjoyed dressing up, driving his trucks, and spending time with his family. Family was extremely important to Joe. He loved his family and adored his grandchildren.

Mr. Joe Perkins departed this life on January 25, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and Norman Perkins, Sr.; his wife, Deborah Perkins; six siblings: Carrie Palmer, Edith Davis, Cindy Sullins, Norman Perkins, Jr., Norma Jackson, and Bessie Leary; his brother-in-law, William (Annie) Wims; and two very close friends: Kenny Lewis and Drufus Clayton.

He leaves precious memories with his three children: Raven Perkins, Ashley (John) Scott, and Joseph Jerome Perkins, Jr.;  He was a father-figure to his great-nephews and great-niece: Norman Perkins IV, Quentin Perkins, and Cheree Perkins; his grandchildren: Justin, Kaleel, Isaiah, Kingston, Khilan, John III, Jordan and Zymorion; his siblings: Lena Johnson, Richard Perkins, Claude Perkins, Ernest Perkins, Sr., Lillian Butler, Meridith Hodo, Bruce Palmer, Jackie Palmer, and Janet (John) Taylor; sisters-in law and brothers-in-law: Fred Wims, Curtis (Jennifer) Wims, John (Ethel) Wims, Barbara (Samuel) Thomas and Cynthia (Edward) Jones; mother-in-law, Bobbie Lee Wims; several close friends; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Woolfork Families United States
1/30/2023 9:24:21 AM #

Lifting family up in constant prayer 🙏.  Know that Jerome will live in the hearts of all those who loved and knew him.  We, your family, will continue to ask God to keep and guide you all. Rest in peace Jerome among the Heavenly Hosts. Get closer and continue to love each other family


Rosa Hobes Fox United States
2/1/2023 5:39:40 AM #

Rosa Fox
Remembering Jerome. My funny classmate and band mate. Rest in peace!


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