William Perkins Sr. From Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
William J. Perkins Sr. NORFOLK - William "Bill" John Perkins Sr., 85, passed away April 28, 2008, at his home in the presence of his loving family. A native of Washington, Ind., he spent most of his life in Arlington, Va. After retiring in 1985, he made his home in Duck, N.C., and had lived in Norfolk for the past eight years.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Perkins served as a sergeant in the photo intelligence branch of the 8th Air Force in the Asian-Pacific Theater. After completing his studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., he began his career as an editorial news artist with the Washington Times-Herald, followed by positions with the Washington Evening Star and The Washington Post, where he retired in 1985. He had been a member of the Washington News Guild and his work was recognized by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. His art work also appeared in the National Geographic and several other
publications as well as a display at the New York World Fair. Surviving members of his family include his wife of 64 years, Pat Perkins; children, Pam Palma of Arlington, Va., Bill Perkins Jr. of Hampton, Va., and Dana Graves of Fairfax, Va.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Rick, Elizabeth and Kate; and cousin, Don Lundergan.
A private memorial service will be held at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave.,
Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20057. Friends are encouraged to visit www.mem.comto share memories and words of condolence with the family.