Thank You To The Douglas Enterprise From The Perkins family
Fri, 09/09/2016 - 6:09pm Douglas1
Larry L. Perkins, Sr. Atlanta, GA 30331-7900
On behalf of the entire Perkins family I would like to thank The Douglas Enterprise staff for running the article on Donn E. Perkins’ memorial in Willacoochee. Donn was so very proud of his Atkinson County and South Georgia roots and never forgot the community.
On behalf of the entire Perkins family I would like to thank The Douglas Enterprise staff for running the article on Donn E. Perkins’ memorial in Willacoochee.
Donn was so very proud of his Atkinson County and South Georgia roots and never forgot the community.
That is perhaps why he wanted his final resting place to be in Pearson.
We want to thank the mayor and city of Willacoochee, Atkinson County Schools, McIver Funeral Home Inc., the U.S. Navy, the Patriot Guard Riders and everyone else involved in the August 28, memorial for my brother.
We also give special thanks to Pastor Bobby Harris of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Harvey Williams of the House of Deliverance Church.
It was a moving tribute to Donn’s legacy and memory that our family will cherish forever.
We Wanted To Share This
Information About Him As Well:
Less than a month before he passed away, Donn attended the ceremony in Pensacola to pin his goddaughter, Caitlin Bryant, with her Navy Wings of Gold.
Donn had inspired Caitlin to follow in his footsteps and become a pilot because, when she was just a toddler, he took her up in the cockpit of his plane.
Over the years, Donn touched and inspired many others to pursue careers in aviation. His achievements in life were many.
When he himself received his Navy Wings of Gold at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, he was the best of the best among the pilot trainees.
He graduated with honors and was the highest ranking pilot in his class.
He was then asked to be an instructor for future Navy pilots. His students had fond memories of him and, of course, that voice.
Years later, while dropping his godson off at the U.S. Naval Academy for Induction Day, his former students were still in awe of him and he still commanded their respect.
After their Navy careers ended, many of those former student pilots went on to become commercial airline pilots.
Because of Donn, their sons and daughters were pursuing dreams of becoming Navy pilots one day as well.
What an awesome legacy for such a giving spirit!
Again, we thank you for telling Donn’s story.
Larry L. Perkins, Sr.
Atlanta, GA 30331-7900
See page 4-A in the Sunday, September 11, 2016 edition.