Rev. Earnest O. “Ernie” Perkins, age 75, of Buchtel, Ohio, passed away May 20, 2022, at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens, Ohio.
Ernie was born September 14, 1946, in Bluefield, West Virginia. He graduated from Nelsonville High School; served in the US Army; formerly worked at Carborundum in Logan; was a bus driver for Nelsonville-York Schools; at Septa Center in Nelsonville; worked for Asplundh; worked for Kuemmerling; owned and operated Colonial Tree Service; worked at Warren-Brown Funeral Home in Nelsonville; and was a minister for 42 years, serving Methodist churches in McDougal, Poston, Rockbridge, Chesire, Murray City, Shawnee, and Buchtel.
Surviving are sons, Earnest J. “Ernie” Perkins of Nelsonville, and Richard “Dick” Perkins of Nelsonville; daughters, Tia Anders Chubb of Columbus, and Lisa Pearsall Myers of The Plains; multiple grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Phyliss (Danny) Koska of Logan; and brothers, Eugene Perkins of Chillicothe, and Gary Arnold of Buchtel.
Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Earnest Junior Perkins; mother, Phyliss Eleanor Drescher Perkins Arnold; wife, Vicki Sullivan Perkins; and brothers, Sherman Perkins, Jim Arnold, and John Arnold.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm., Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Warren-Brown Funeral Home, Nelsonville, Ohio with Pastor Dave Shoemaker officiating. Burial was in Whitmore Cemetery, Buchtel, Ohio where Military Graveside services were conducted by the Combined Color Guard.
Calling hours were observed on Monday 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home.
The family suggests donations be made in Ernie’s memory to the Buchtel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 230, Buchtel, Ohio 45716.