James G. Perkins, 81, Dunwoody’s resident historian, died Friday. Perkins wrote the popular “Past Tense” column in The Crier for years and was the lead fund-raiser for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust in saving the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse.
In addition to his historical work, Jim Perkins was a passionate graduate of Georgia Tech, a district manager for BellSouth for 30 years and an active Republican. He was personally recognized by President Reagan as the Georgia Republican Volunteer of the Year in 1989-1990.
The Crier plans a more detailed look next week at his multi-faceted career. Perkins is survived by his wife, Judy, four daughters and eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Visitation with the family will be held at a reception today, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. in the church.