James Williams PERKINS, JR

September 4, 1930April 13, 2019

James Williams Perkins, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on April 13, 2019. Jimmie was a native Nashvillian, born on September 4, 1930 to Nancy Kimbrough Perkins and James Williams Perkins, Sr. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty Brown Perkins, and his sister Nancy Lee Perkins Pitts. Jimmie is survived by his children Emily Perkins Zerfoss (Tee), James (Jay) Williams Perkins III (Mary), and Anne Roberta Perkins. Also surviving are his grandchildren Kate Zerfoss Brady (Rush), Margaret (Maggie) Jeanne Zerfoss, Jeremy Perkins (Jennifer), Holly Sherwin (Seth), as well as five nieces, Susan Dale, Neil Pitts, Ellen Mayo, KK Rainey, Polly Cullen and their families. Jimmie attended Woodmont School, University of the South and Vanderbilt University. He was President of Consumers Gasoline Stations which operated forty-six Scot Markets in TN, KY and AL. Prior to Consumers, he had been involved in gasoline marketing for some fifty years, having operated Red Ace Petroleum Co. Red Ace was a family business that was acquired in 1972 and later became the basis for the present-day MAPCO. The military was a large part of Jimmie’s life. He served in The National Guard for 18 years, from 1947-1965. Over the years, he compiled a collection of Army military insignia, amassing the largest of its kind today. It is soon to be permanently housed in the Veterans Hall of the National Museum of the US Army in Ft. Belvoir, VA. His community involvement was extensive. He served as Board President of St. Luke’s Community House; he was a board member of VUMC and The Canby Robinson Society as well as First American Bank Jimmie was active in The Boy Scouts of America as well as United Way. He and Betty were founding members of The Alexis deTocqueville Society of United Way. He was a longtime member of St.George’s Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry. He was a past president of Belle Meade Country Club, where he facilitated a renovation of the golf course. Jimmie and Betty spent much of their free time traveling with their dear friends and family. Many fond, long lasting memories were made at their homes in Sea Island, GA, Hickman County and at the beach in Destin, FL. The family will forever remember the loving and caring women under JoAnn Bunch’s direction/supervision: Jenelle, Tonzia, Star,Tara, Tabitha, Jamekia, Trisha, Linda, Edith, Nora, Lendora, Shatasha, Prevaka, Jacqueline, Yvonne and Carolyn; and as well, the wonderful supervision of Penny, Teresa, Dahl, Elaine, Anne Marie and others from Alive Hospice, Nashville. The funeral service will be held on April 16, 2019 at 1:30pm at St.George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road in Nashville. A celebration of Jimmie’s life will take place later that afternoon at Belle Meade Country Club frpm 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Rd., 37205 or Alive Hospice, Nashville, 1718 Patterson St., 37203.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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