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Mabel Joyce P. Perkins / November 25, 2019

Mabel Joyce P. Perkins, 86, of Halifax, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. She was born in Halifax County on March 2, 1933, daughter of the late Ethel Emma Dunaway Perkins and the late Robert Perkins. She was married to the late Linwood “Pete” Landrum Perkins. She loved her family. Her grandsons gave her so much joy as they grew up. They along with her great-granddaughters, were the apple of her eye. She was always showing off their pictures. Mabel enjoyed going to the libraries and was a voracious reader. Being a member of Beth Car, she and two other friends always sat together in “their seats.” She always enjoyed the fellowship and the love they showed her.

After 46 years of service with Burlington Industries, Mabel started going to the “Y” and enjoyed the chair exercises and socializing with her friends there. Upon leaving the “Y”, she headed straight to Wendy’s to meet her sisters for lunch and more socializing. She and her husband enjoyed dancing and music when they were young. In her later years, she loved to dance at the VFW and Watts’ where once again, she enjoyed socializing with her friends. She never met a stranger.

Ms. Perkins is survived by one daughter, Donna J. Perkins Smith and husband Robbie of Scottsburg; two grandchildren, R. Brian Smith and wife Mandy of Apex, N.C. and Justin B. Smith and wife Liz of Scottsburg; three great-grandchildren, Sophia J. Smith and Eliza B. Smith, both of Apex, N.C. and Hadley J. Smith of Scottsburg; siblings, Thelma P. Daniel, Mary Lou Redd and Earl A. Perkins, all of South Boston and Steve W. Perkins of Waynesboro and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. “Bozo” Perkins Sr.

A funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Eldridge Cullum and Rev. Kermit Evans officiating. Burial followed in Halifax Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends one hour prior to service at Powell Funeral Home and other times at 1021 Falkland Road, Scottsburg.

Memorials may be directed to Beth Car Baptist Church, 25 Church Street, Halifax, VA 24558; Scottsburg Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 85, Scottsburg, VA 24589; or a charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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