Troy Perkins, 103, of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Matador, Muleshoe, and Lubbock, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
Services will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday, May 11, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Amarillo with Dr. Howard Batson officiating. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 6969 E. Interstate 40.
An educator, mathematician, farmer, family man, and devoted community servant, Troy lived through a century of tremendous change in West Texas. He was born January 20, 1915 in Motley County, Texas to Jesse and Esther Pope Perkins. He was a proud Texas Tech alum, earning a mathematics degree in 1938. He married his beloved wife, Evelyn Moore, on June 1, 1941. During the Second World War, he served in the Navy, participating in medical research at naval stations in Waukegan, Illinois and Bethesda, Maryland. Returning to West Texas after the War, Troy took up teaching and farming. There he was high school principal in Muleshoe and then, for most of his career, a math teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo and also a member and leader in numerous civic organizations including the Gideons, the Kiwanis, and the AARP. Along with his wife, Evelyn, Troy was instrumental in establishing the Perkins Food and Clothing Ministry at the First Baptist Church. In his retirement, he taught himself woodworking and made many beautiful pieces of furniture for family and friends. He never stopped learning, writing commentary on biblical scholarship, teaching himself to use computers, and getting online. Most of all, he gave his family the gift of forty years as a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his sons, Robert Perkins and Lynn Perkins.
Survivors include a daughter, Troy Ann Dennis and husband Greg Dennis of Lubbock; a daughter-in-law, Sherrie Perkins of Canyon; five grandchildren, Justin Perkins of Seattle, David Dennis of Boston, Bree Ann Denton of Borger, Sarah Kay Brent of Amarillo, and Damon Dennis of Lubbock; two great-grandchildren, Harrison Brent and Hazel Denton; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family suggests memorials be to the Perkins Food and Clothing Ministry, First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101-4296.