William “PK” Henry Perrin

August 5, 1929June 7, 2021
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PERRIN, William "PK", 91, of Ashland, went to be with The Lord on Monday, June 7, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce Kennon Perrin and Ellen Vass Perrin. PK is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia "Patsy" Perrin; son, Patrick Kennon Perrin (Heather); daughter, Phyllis Perrin Barnett (Don); and grandchildren, Nayt, Van, and Oscar Perrin.

PK grew up in Ashland where he Graduated from Ashland High School, attended Benedictine Prep School and graduated from Randolph Macon College. He played basketball and football for Benedictine and football for Randolph Macon, where he lettered 4 years. He was a teacher at Manchester High School for History and Geography, and after retirement continued substitute teaching in Hanover County. PK spent 20 years coaching football and 30 years coaching baseball at Manchester High School where he won 2 championships in football and 8 championships in baseball with over 200 wins. He was the Athletic Director for Manchester and chairman of Athletic Directors in Virginia. PK was the president of the State Coaches Association in Virginia in 1963, was nominated the National Baseball Coach of The Year in 1974, and scouted for the Montreal Expos. He also coached the swim team and was the swim director at Southampton Recreation Association where they won 10 consecutive league championships during his tenure from the mid 50s to the early 80s. He coached a number of college scholarship players as well as athletes who played for MLB and NFL. He announced and hosted talk-shows such as "Sports of Sorts" on WRNL as well as Randolph Macon football on AM radio WPES.

PK dedicated many years volunteering in his community and spent 55 years volunteering for the American Red Cross as well as time raising funds for Patrick Henry YMCA, Benedictine, and Randolph Macon. He was an active member of various organizations including the Kiwanis Club, Hanover Historical Society, Hanover Historic Commission, Publication Board Member for the Hanover History and Heritage Book of Hanover County, The Richmond Virginia Civil War Round Table, Parks and Recreation Committee of Ashland, The State Waters Safety Coalition, and others.

A quote from Randolph Macon Coach Hugh Stevens, "Probably his most important role has been his guidance and direction of those boys with whom he comes in daily contact. His teams are always well mannered and dignified and conduct themselves, on and off the field, as young people should."

The family will receive friends from 4pm to 6:30pm on Sunday, June13, 2021 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy. Ashland, VA 23005 where a funeral service will be held at 1pm on Monday, June 14, 2021. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, 11310 Hanover Ave, Ashland, VA 23005. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Randolph Macon College Scholarship Fund, PO Box 5005 Ashland, VA 23005; The Patrick Henry Family YMCA, 217 Ashcake Rd., Ashland, VA 23005; or make Blood Donations to your local American Red Cross.



  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021


  • Interment


William “PK” Henry Perrin

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Buddy Davis

June 14, 2021

To The Perrin Family {Patsy, Patrick & Phyllis}: I am so sorry for your loss. PK was a wonderful man and I am proud that I was fortunate enough to have had him as a coach at Manchester High School. He was Head Baseball Coach in 1955 and I believe we lost only one game, I was his first baseman and clean-up batter. It was fun!! That same Spring, 1955, PK invited me to join him, Dick Ford, Don Ford and Freddy Williams to visit with Chuck Williams at Wauchula, Florida. We drove PK's 1954 2-door Ford 900 miles non-stop either way, and it was a trip we could never forget. It breaks my heart that I could not attend the funeral, but I am recovering from the worst chest cold I've ever had and didn't want to expose anyone else. I can see PK now so proudly wearing his Heavenly Wings.

Richard Glenn

June 14, 2021

I played both baseball and football at Manchester H.S. for Mr. PK Perrin in the mid-1950s. I appreciate the many hours he spent working with me and the other players over the years preparing us to be better citizens as well as better athletes.

He was an excellent coach. I am thankful that I played under his leadership in baseball in High School to win two championships.

God bless his wife, Patsy; their children and grandchildren. I noticed in his obituary that he went to be with the Lord. I am glad that I will see him again in heaven one day.

I am disappointed that due to my current health condition, I had to miss the visitation yesterday and I will be unable to attend the funeral service today.

Richard "Tootie" Glenn

Claiborne Winborne Richardson

June 12, 2021

My family lived two doors down from PK and Patsy from the mid 90's until they moved to Imperial Plaza. They were wonderful neighbors and loved to share my Lhasa ,Jeremy. Jeremy would run through the lot between us and visit the Perrin's where he always got treats and much attention. Many happy memories of a warm and caring man who was committed to his family and community. He will be greatly missed. We are sorry we will be out of town for the services, but want to share our condolences with the family. Claiborne Winborne-RIchardson

Amelia Blackburn

June 11, 2021

Blackburn family have happy memories of P.K.
from Manchester High
& Ashland. I worked with him & enjoyed his happy & positive attitude.
Moose & I connected with P.K. in Ashland, parades, sports & Strawberry festival. Our love, Prayers & heartfelt sympathy.
RIP. Millie, Lisa, Lee &
Debbie Blackburn.

Bill Kahl

June 10, 2021

Coach Perrin had a major impact on my life. He was my coach in the summer league at Fonticello Park for 5 years in the 1950's and I played baseball under his tutelage for 4 years at Manchester High School. Coach Perrin was a man of utmost character who cared about his players like they were his own sons. He taught me a great deal, not only about sports, but also about how to live an upright and moral life. I truly love him and look forward to joining with him in heaven. See you later, Coach.

Joanne Walters

June 10, 2021

I was a little girl when Coach P was a part of my life; he was my coach at Southampton Recreation Association pool. He made an impression upon me as a small child and I will never forget him. Having not seen him in more years than I want to admit, I am not surprised at his successes in his life. He was absolutely a wonderful man and may God bless his soul and help Coach's family through this difficult time. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a very special person on this earth. I still swim a lot as I live now on the Chesapeake Bay and yes, I think of him some of those times when I am swimming. He was loved by a lot of children.


90th Birthday, August 2019


With son and grandsons, May 2013


RMC Football Team - 1953 Champions


80th Birthday Celebration, August 2009