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Rev. George Perkins was one patriarchs of our family. He had a peaceful and calm demeanor. He always liked to tell life stories. He always took time out of his days to try and help someone else. He was the glue that held the Ed Smith family together. He was always trying to bridge a relationship with the Nebraska and Mississippi families. When we were kids he used to come by our house and take the children to church in his van. He was always trying to teach godly principles growing up. He used to take us boys down to the farm in Mississippi we would hunt, fix fences, chop wood and care the animals. I never seen him drink, smoke or swear. He was a man of the cloth. He taught us by example on how we should live our life according to the word of God. He would always gather up all of us boys and take us fishing and hunting in Nebraska. He taught us how to be carpenters and build things and how to use tools properly. He was a great mentor and role model and taught us how to be men. He taught us the importance of owning your home. He must have owned half the houses in his neighborhood. A was a great chef and made the best barbecue in the world and was still operating his barbecue food truck at 83 years old. The business was constantly picking up. When he worked at the packing house he would always bring meat by our house. He was always visiting family members’ homes to see how they were doing. He has always been an inspiration to me and others. I’ve said this all my life “ I want to be like Uncle Perk”.

 

Rest in heaven.
~George Lee Perkins, Jr. (aka Lil'Bit)

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Below is Perk's final visit to Mississippi April 2016 where he shared fond memories growing up there and maintaining the Estate.
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George "Perk" Perkins was born January 20, 1935 and departed this life July 05, 2017.  
Perk was 83 years young and never missed a year visiting the land.
The longest period away was (1) year, (2) months, and (3) days due to illness.
At the April reunion, Perk sat down to share cherished photos and interesting stories about the family land before spearheading the tours to view the 258.92 acres.

 
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Thank you, Perk!
Rest in Peace