Larry Ray Perkins passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Brownwood Regional Hospital. Larry was born on Jan. 28, 1942, in Indian Creek to Marion Perkins and Wilma (Cummings) Perkins. He graduated from Zephyr High School in 1960.
He initially entered the service in May 1966 and attended basic training in Fort Ord, California to become an infantryman. He then took a four-month break in service in 1972, before reentering the Texas Army National Guard where he served until his retirement in April 1999. As the Brownwood Army National Guard recruiter for 15 years, he enlisted more than 350 civilians into military service. Between the years 1986-1997, he was honored as one of the top 3 Army National Guard recruiters in the state of Texas for 9 of those years. In 1988, he won the award for the top recruiter in the State of Texas. Larry had a total 32 years of both reserve and active duty service to his state and country.
Larry was predeceased by his parents, Marion and Wilma Perkins.
Larry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Brenda (Stuteville) Perkins of Early; his son, Terry Perkins of Humble; and daughter, Kelli Gage of Plano. Larry adored his 4 grandchildren, Zachary, Hailey, Addison and Bryson. Larry will also be remembered by his brothers, Ellis Perkins, Jerry Perkins and Mickey Perkins all of Brownwood, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
If you knew Larry, you knew he had a love for the University of Texas Longhorns and his favorite time of the year was fall when college football started up. He never went anywhere without wearing his Longhorn cap and he could talk for hours about the Longhorn football team and college football in general. Even though his love for the Longhorns was great, it was no match for how much he loved his grandkids. Taking the grandkids fishing, riding on the 4-wheeler or tractors and teaching them the ropes of farming kept a smile on his face.
Graveside services with military honors for Larry will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. at Friday, Oct. 5 at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early with Brother Eddie Ailshie officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
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