BOLIVIA — Stuart Lee Perkins, born July 7, 1937, in Elkton, Md., passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at SECU Hospice of Brunswick, Bolivia.
A scholar, orator, crusader, philosopher, warrior and patriot, Stuart Perkins answered the rallying call of God, family and country.
Stuart was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Island, Oak Island, N.C., the Gideons International and Officers Christian Fellowship. Many years on the mission field took him around the world with North Carolina Baptist Men, GAIN and Hope International.
As an officer with a 30-year military career in the U.S. Army, pre-retirement assignments included the National Intelligence Council, Headquarters Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.; Institute for National Strategic Studies, Washington, D.C.; Office of Director Joint Staff, Joint Staff Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.; and Group Commander 7th Special Forces (Air Borne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Stuart was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and many other decorations and awards. His combat record includes two years in Southeast Asia.
Stuart achieved a military education from The National War College, USA Command and General Staff College, and Infantry Officers Advanced Course. His civilian education includes Florida State University, University of Southern California and Catholic University of America.
Post-retirement, Stuart spent many memorable and fulfilling years farming in central Pennsylvania. He was an avid reader, student of foreign languages, and volunteer with several church projects and community organizations. He was a member of the Mifflintown Rotary International and the Hancock Lodge.
Stuart was preceded in death by his daughter, Leanne (Mrs. Wayde Hess).
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Edna Odom Perkins; daughter, Lisa (Mrs. B. Scott Shenk); grandchildren, Aria Hess, Joshua Hess and Brian Shenk of Mt. Joy, Pa.; sister, Kay P. Cloud of Willow Street, Pa.; and brother, Duane M. Perkins of Mt. Gretna, Pa.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at First Baptist Church of Oak Island with interment in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, 9935 Rea Road #212, Charlotte, NC 28277; First Baptist Church of Oak Island; or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at peacocknewnamwhite.com.