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James Michael Perkins / May 15, 2017

James Michael Perkins, 35, of South Boston, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. He was born in Halifax County on April 16, 1982, a son of James Wesley Perkins and Berniece Crews Perkins. He was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church, Piney Creek Hunting Club and was a big baseball player and fan.

Mr. Perkins is survived by two sons, Shane Christopher Hatcher of South Boston, Shaun Michael Perkins of South Boston; one daughter, Cadence Alani Powell of South Boston; his mother, Berniece Crews Perkins of South Boston; his father, James Wesley Perkins of Chatham; one brother, John Wesley Perkins of South Boston; his paternal grandmother, Kathleen Womack Perkins of Halifax.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Wesley Morrell “Shorty” Perkins and his maternal grandparents, Harrell Crews and Ruth Morris Crews.

A funeral was held Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at South Boston Church of God with Rev. T. Wayne Daniels officiating. Burial followed in Halifax Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be directed to the family for medical bills and final expenses.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home.

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