OBITUARY

Kenneth B. Perkins

April 23, 1943April 5, 2019

PELL CITY – Graveside Service for Rev. Kenneth Perkins, age 75, will be held Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 Noon at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home. Rev. Perkins passed away Friday, April 5, 2019. He is preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ruth Watlington Perkins; sister, Paulette Perkins Riddle; parents, Bill Perkins and Margie Perkins. He was a pastor for many years, pastoring at several churches, the last one being Broken Arrow Baptist Church. He loved old cars and trains and visiting the Smokey Mountains. He is survived by sister, Shirley Ashley; nephews, Dewayne (Jeanne) Riddle, Chris (Abbie) Ashley, Matthew (Natalie) Ashley; nieces, Tina (Bo) Shaw, Teresa (Johnny) Clardy, Wendy (Wade) Davis, Melissa (Jeff) Downs; several great-nieces & nephews. Pallbearers will be Dewayne Riddle, Wade Davis, Chris Ashley, Matthew Ashley, Evan Davis, Charlie Barber, Kelsey Barber. Condolences may be offered to the Perkins family online at www.kilgroefh.com Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City will direct the service

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Kenneth B. Perkins

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Larry Braden

April 10, 2019

Saddened to hear of your loss, and ours. Brother Kenneth was a dear friend to the family for many years. He will be sorely missed but his smiling face will always live in our memories. Our prayers go up for you all. May God bless you and comfort you now.

Norma Ashley

April 10, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family today as you say goodbye to Kenneth. I have the fondest memories of him and know he is rejoicing with the God he loved so well.

Lisa Golden Reaves Osbourn

April 10, 2019

life’s journey, Brother Kenneth would preach the Sunday night service then drive to the hospital in Birmingham. The night my father passed, Brother Kenneth was there, sitting quietly in a chair. His mere presence gave emotional and spiritual support to my Mother and brother. Brother Kenneth Perkins spent his entire life serving Jesus and others. I know he is now reaping his rewards in heaven. When I think of the many sermons I heard him preach, this scripture always comes to mind:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 13:15 KJV

Lisa Golden Reaves Osbourn

April 10, 2019

Webster defines the word humble as having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance; meek; and respectful. Long before Tim McGraw sang the song “Humble and Kind”, I had the privilege to know a man who lived out the lyrics every day. Kenneth Perkins came into my life in 1984 as my pastor. Although he was a Godly man and preached insightful, moving messages, it was not fitting to call him Reverend because that term did not represent the characteristics of the type of man he was. It was too impersonal and formal. He was Brother Kenneth, or Uncle Bo, to those that knew him well. “Brother” is a term of endearment that shows love...and that he was. He loved and was loved by everyone that crossed his path. He emanated love. His love for Annie Ruth, his precious wife, was quite evident and immeasurable. When she left this Earth, part of him left too. Evan helped to fill the void in Brother Kenneth’s life. They had a special bond that was solidified over countless visits, conversations and old cars. Brother Kenneth loved his congregation - a family that was not created by a bloodline, but family nonetheless. In my mind’s eye, I can still see him pulling up at Broken Arrow in that little blue Nova...5 to 10 minutes late. He was late every single service. He would get out of the car, Bible in hand and a smile on his face. No matter what was going on in his life, he was smiling. Most of all he loved Jesus. He led Broken Arrow Baptist Church for 18 years with unwavering faith. He was faithful to study and prepare for his sermons and he was faithful in attendance. The only times I can recall him not being in the pulpit was when he and Annie Ruth would sneak away to his beloved mountains. I say sneak away, because when he returned from his trip, my Mother would alway “fire” him. Each time she “fired him”, he would smile and say, “Mercy, mercy” and they would laugh. Brother Kenneth was faithful to visit. When my own father was nearing the end of his

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY