John Henry Perkins

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Known for his zest for life, generosity, incredible attitude and fighting spirit, John Henry Perkins lost his battle with Glioblastoma at 1:00pm on February 7, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. As was his pattern throughout life, he maintained hope until the very end. When asked what life lesson he would most want people to remember, he said, "Be giving...always be giving!" John was born in Forest Hill, LA on September 27, 1933. John deeply loved his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather with an extraordinary ability to show genuine interest in everyone he met. His generosity was unparalleled and not limited to his closest friends and family. He loved to gather people to enjoy a party or good meal accompanied by loved ones and total strangers who quickly became fast friends. Nearly thirty years ago, seeking to develop a strong neighborhood community, he and his wife, Carolyn, began organizing an annual block party in the Broadmoor neighborhood that continues today. In his thirties, he went through Dale Carnegie Training and went from being rather shy to one of the most outgoing, enthusiastic, people-loving people on the planet, which helped him become a successful salesman. He had a magnetic personality and an uncanny ability to encourage and inspire people. He also enjoyed collecting antiques, fine dining, travel, politics, entertaining, and his farm in Avoyelles Parish. He began his career at Gulf States Utilities where he learned the ins and outs of operating a chemical facility and the integral operations of process and utility systems. He then moved to Monochem, and later became a supervisor. He later went into sales working for first Betz Chemical Company and then Olin Corporation. All of this experience added to his skills and in 1982, he established his own water treating company, Utilities Consulting, and was still running it at the age of 84. Preceded in death by his parents, Lena Shows Perkins and Robert Perkins, Jr.; two sisters, Rose Perkins Wills and Jerry Perkins Sawyer; and his brother, Jesse Nelson Perkins. John is survived by his wife of almost 66 years, Carolyn Brabham Perkins; his daughter, Cookie Perkins Uffman and husband Kerry Uffman of Baton Rouge; his three grandchildren, Chip Uffman and wife, Ashley Musick Uffman, of Ft. Worth, Texas; Becky Uffman Eldredge and husband, Chris Eldredge, of Baton Rouge; and Connor Uffman and wife, Amy Holloway Uffman, of Baton Rouge; and his ten great- grandchildren: Ella Uffman, Brady Eldredge, William Uffman, Audrey Uffman, Abby Eldredge, Carter Uffman, Amelie Uffman, Mary Eldredge, Charlotte Uffman, and Luke Uffman. Serving as Pall Bearers are Kerry Uffman, Chip Uffman, Connor Uffman, Chris Eldredge, Randy Lemoine, Steve Junot, Bill Coker, Tom Mizell, Stewart Smith, Mike King, Gary Musick, Alonzo Coleman, Louis Smith, Otto Nesmith, Gene Gunter, Harold Tridico, Tommy LeBlanc, and Daryl Lee. His family would like to thank his doctors, his loving caregivers, and Hospice of Baton Rouge for their exceptional care and kindness. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 10th, from 10am to 12pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA, 70815. Funeral Mass will begin at 12pm followed by burial at Greenoaks Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic High School in support of the John H. Perkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, 808 Hearthstone Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70806, or online at
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