Edward Tull Perkins, age 72, of Burlington, NC died September 3, 2014. Born in Miami, FL, he grew up in Wendell, NC. He was predeceased by his parents, John Cecil and Rubelle Evans Perkins, and his brother, James Cecil Perkins.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nan Phipps Perkins; daughter Laura Evans Perkins of Nags Head, NC; daughter Molly Perkins Harrison and son-in-law Patrick, also of Nags Head; son Edward T. Perkins, Jr. and daughter-in-law Bethany of Raleigh; and six grandchildren, Elizabeth Ross “Ella” Catoe and Katherine Evans Catoe, William Burcham Harrison and Sarah Sage Murphy Harrison, Edward Tull Perkins III and Conner Cecil Perkins.
He graduated from Atlantic Christian College, now Barton, in 1964 and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. In 1986 he completed the Executive Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ed began his career at Burlington Industries as an industrial engineer and went on to plant manager positions for BeauKnit Fibers of Etowah, TN, Dan River and Fairystone Fabrics. In 1986 he joined Huffman Oil Co., working there until his retirement as Vice President for Operations in 2004.
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Ed loved serving his friends and his community. He was a former United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts volunteer and had served as an elementary school tutor. At First Presbyterian Church he was a deacon, was active in the Furniture Ministry and went on seven church-sponsored mission trips to Peru, where he met a family that he assisted for many years. Always active in sports, he and six friends founded the Olde Forest Racket Club in Elon, NC. He served as President of the NC Seniors Golf Association and as a board member at Alamance Country Club.
Visitation will be held at Rich and Thompson funeral home in Burlington on Friday, September 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. A service honoring his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 6 at 11 a.m. An inurnment service for family will be held at Greenmount Cemetery, Wendell, NC on Sunday, September 7:00 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Furniture Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, NC, or contribute to the Edward and Nan Perkins Scholarship Fund at Elon University.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com