Ellen Louise Perkins
A well-known and loved community leader, Louise Perkins, passed away Jan. 26, 2009.
Services for Perkins are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Legendary Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Adalian and Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at the Little Elm Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
She was well-known for her leadership and tireless efforts in working for the good of Gun Barrel City.
Perkins, along with her husband Al Perkins, organized the Citizens for Beautifying Gun Barrel City in 1987.
Under her leadership, Gun Barrel City won second place in its class in the “Keep Texas Beautiful” competition three years in a row.
She formed the first parade, known as the “Kickoff Campaign,” in conjunction with “Keep Texas Beautiful,” to win awards for Gun Barrel City.
She worked with Boy Scouts, Mabank Independent School District students and local citizens in clean-up projects, Gun Barrel City’s recycling program, city fund-raisers and assisted with the first “Welcome to Gun Barrel City” signs.
In addition, Perkins served on the appropriation committee of the United Way, served as captain of solicitation for the United Way, served on the Loon Bay POA board of directors award committee, and held several offices in the Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club.
She was a member and alternate delegate of the Henderson County Extension Club, and also taught arts and crafts at church.
She was instrumental in forming the first Christmas tee lighting ceremony and Santa’s visit for children held at Brawner Hall.
Perkins’ awards included second place for the Governor’s Achievement in 1989-90, the coveted Distinguished Community Leadership “O.P. Schnabel” award in 1990, Proud Participant Governor’s Community Achievement award in 1991, outstanding leadership award from Gun Barrel City Beautification Committee and the Life Service award from the Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce.
While her community service and awards were numerous, it does not begin to tell the real story of her love and commitment to Gun Barrel City, love for the local citizens and her beloved husband Al Perkins.
Her love and commitment to all will be forever missed.
Perkins was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Little Elm died Jan. 26, 2009, in Athens.
She was preceded in death by parents Minnie Adeline and Ossie Allen Blocker, sons Daniel Lee Sims and James Allen Sims; two sisters, Ruby Kinsey and Pauline Belcher; and two brothers, J.B. Blocker and W.L. Blocker.
Survivors include her husband, Albert Perkins of Gun Barrel City; daughters Jacqualyn Louise Lynch and husband Douglas of Tyler, and Cynthia Gerethia Williams and husband Len of Pilot Point; son David Emanuel Sims and wife Jan of Krum; step-sons Eddy Michael Perkins and wife Lori of Tyler, Thomas Addison Perkins and wife Debbie of Galveston, and Robert Gerald Perkins and wife Jolynn of Allen.
She is also survived by grandchildren D.L. Sims of Crosby, James Sims Jr. of Ponder, Belinda Tompkins of Chandler, Misty Yarotsky of Friendswood, Daymon Sims of Malakoff, Samantha Webb of Ponder, Tonya Boyer of Lebanon, Tenn., Jay Sims of Estherwood, La., Jolene Langley of Estherwood, La., Laurie Pierrel of Spring, Josh Williams of Springfield, Mo., Lacey Sims of Krum and Jennifer Sims of Krum.
She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, Andy Perkins, Brad Perkins, David Perkins, Alison Perkins, Chris Perkins and Adriana Perkins; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were D.L. Sims, Daymon Sims, James Sims Jr., Jay Sims, Josh Williams and Andy Perkins.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Perkins, Brad Perkins and David Perkins.

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