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1011 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone: (864) 242-1144
Fax: (864) 232-4636
Owen Perkins

Owen Perkins

Monday July 28, 1941 - Monday April 1, 2019
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Mr. Owen Perkins of 106 Glendale Street, Greenville, South Carolina, departed this life on Monday, April 1, 2019. He was born on July 28, 1941, in Greenville County, the tenth child of the late John Maxwell and Mable Collier Perkins.

Owen graduated from Sterling High School in 1959. He was an outstanding student and athlete. He was a member of the National Honor Society, president of the student council his senior year and captain of the Sterling Tigers football team. Owen was voted senior superlative, “Best All Around Male Student”. Upon graduating from high School, he received a full four year football scholarship to South Carolina State College. After graduating with honors from South Carolina State College, he worked briefly for the railroad before getting drafted into the army. While in the army, he served in Vietnam. When Owen returned home, he was employed by Greenville Technical College until his retirement. He retired as Dean of Students. In 1991, he received a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Clemson University. He did further postgraduate studies at the University of South Carolina.

He was a Born Again Christian. He gave his life to Christ at an early age when he joined Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Later in life, he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. One of his missions in life was to assist students financially so that they could attend college while encouraging others.

During and after his working career, Owen was very active in local civic and religious activities. Being an active member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Owen worked with and helped spearhead many local charity events. He was voted “Omega Man of the Year” in 1975 by Mu Pi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2002, he was awarded a plaque for forty years of service to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ten years later, he was awarded a certificate for fifty years of dedication and service to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Owen was the recipient of the Outstanding Family Award on December 15, 1991.He also served on the Board at the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center. Owen served as president of the Sterling High School class of 1959 reunion for several years. He was also a member of the South Carolina State Alumni Association. 

God sent three earthly angels, Cheryl Hunter, Violeita Irby and Kenneth Sullivan, to be their uncle’s caretakers. They always coordinated their schedules to make sure his needs were met. Uncle Owen was always surrounded by loving angels.

Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, Gloria Porter Perkins. He is also survived by a daughter, Sonya Goolsby of Greenville, SC, and a stepdaughter, Briggitt (Anthony) Rhodes of Piedmont, SC; one sister, Indiana (Douglas) Thomas of Greenville, SC; two brothers, Raymond (Jade) Perkins of Greenwood, SC, and Grady (Natalie) Perkins of Garner, NC; two special nieces, Cheryl (Eric) Hunter of Greenville, SC, and Violeita Irby of Simpsonville, SC; a special nephew, Kenneth (Carolyn) Sullivan of Simpsonville, SC; grand-children, several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, Joyce Prease Perkins and Ruth Henry Perkins; two sisters, Johnnie Mae Perkins Landrum and Virginia Perkins Smith; five brothers, Chambers Perkins, Henry Perkins, Charles William Perkins, Bennie F. Perkins and Joe M. Perkins.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday April 12, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Friday April 12, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary
    1011 Augusta Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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    Omega Ceremony @ 7:30pm
  • Service

    Saturday April 13, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm
    Macedonia Baptist Church
    1 Horton Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29601
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  • Interment

    Saturday April 13, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm
    Greenville Memorial Gardens
    7784 Augusta Rd
    PIEDMONT, SC 29673
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Private Condolence

Janice Brown

Posted at 09:26am
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Perkins passing. I worked for him at Greenville Tec in the late 1970s. He was a wonderful man. I always remember that sweet smile of his. He was a great boss and a always had your back. I think about him often and always tell people about him when I share about my years at Greenville Tec. Praying for the family.

Freddie Copeland Samuels-Martin

Posted at 06:05pm
Keeping the family in prayer 🙏🏾

Miranda Brown

Posted at 10:54am
Mr.Perkins was my Dean and Student Government advisor at Greenville Tech from 1993-96. He was so jovial, always smiling, and always seemed to be in a great mood. When I think of my wonderful experience at Tech, Mr. Perkins comes to mind. He was also a dear family friend who knew my father. Please accept my deepest condolences and may God give you the strength you need.

anna jacobs

Posted at 11:46am
Owen will be miss by all he was a former class mates very nice guy .Anna Williams Jacobs

Christine E. Sweeney

Posted at 01:30am
Sonya Goolsby it sadden me to hear that your father had died. I thought the world of Owen. I had so many wonderful memories and good times at Greenville Tech where we both worked for many years; every time you saw Owen, he'd always greet you that big wide smile on his face (just like you). I'm glad you were there with him during his final time and I know he was too! Thank you for your courage, strength and the love you showed him as he transition...he needed to hear the words "Daddy Go"...that made his leaving easy with a smile on his face! R.I.P. (Emeritus Friend) Christine E. Sweeney

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