Francis James “Jim” Perkins, 90, for many years a coach and athletic director at Riverside-Brookfield High School, died March 8, 2013 in Many, La. He lived in Hemphill, Texas.
Mr. Perkins was born in Chicago on June 6, 1922 to Gladys and Frank Perkins. He graduated from Oak Park High School and then attended the University of Dubuque in Iowa. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany. In 1950, he transferred to the Air Force, which had recently become a separate branch of the service, and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 1947, Mr. Perkins married Shirley Harvie, whom he met while attending Iowa State University. He began his teaching career in Okaloosa, Iowa, where two sons, Jim and Johnny, were born. A third son, Jerry, was born after the family moved to Sioux City.
From there, the family moved to Riverside, where Mr. Perkins coached swimming and football and eventually served as athletic director. He left RBHS to return to his alma mater, Oak Park High School, where he served as athletic director until retiring in 1979.
Upon retirement, Mr. Perkins and his wife moved to the Toledo Bend area on the border of Texas and Louisiana, built their dream retirement home and became active with the Sabine River Authority and the Lions Club. Mr. Perkins was a Mason for more than 50 years and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hemphill.
Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley; his sons, Jim (Sue), Jerry (Teresa) and Johnny; his daughter, Dr. Judy (Bill) Walker; his grandchildren, Dr. Michelle (Carl) Frantzen, Carter Perkins, Josh Perkins, Kelly Perkins and Jessica Walker; and his great-grandchildren, Morgan, Ashby, Cole and Hayden.
Services have been held.
Memorial donations are appreciated to the Hemphill Public Library, first Methodist Church of Hemphill, Seguin Services of Cicero or a charity of choice.