Kenneth Michael "Bubba" Perkins

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June 21, 1953 ~ May 3, 2023

Born in: Gardiner, Maine
Resided in: Etowah, North Carolina

Kenneth Michael “Bubba” Perkins, 69, of Etowah, left his earthly body Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at Elizabeth House in Hendersonville, NC.

Born on June 21, 1953 in Gardiner, ME, he was the Son of the late Kenneth James and Catherine Mae (Hickey) Perkins. He was also preceded in death by his Uncle and Aunt George and Hope Perkins.

He began his career in Accounting while serving in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from St. Leo College in Florida, and his Masters of Information Systems from Phoenix University. Possessed with an unrelenting work ethic he always went above and beyond in all that he did in life. Active in Church and Home Groups, he became a friend of all he met. He loved music, cooking and entertaining.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, Glenda (Decker) Perkins, he is survived by a Daughter and Son In Law Merry and Jason Ford of Hendersonville, NC; one Grandson Isaac Michael Ford; two Sisters Pamela Michna (Kenneth) of E Douglas, MA and Katherine Kellen (George) of Fairbanks, AK.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Etowah/Horseshoe Fire and Rescue, PO Box 909, Horseshoe, NC 28742.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. No more of this earthly suffering. We’ll miss you physically but know you are always here in spirit loving us all. ❤️

  2. I first met Mike & his wife, Glenda, over 20 years ago when I moved to the Sarasota, FL – area. Mike is one of those guys you knew you liked within 30 seconds of meeting him. One of the smartest & funniest men I have ever known. I was fortunate to have spent many, many good times with Mike at family get-togethers, cruises, dinners, etc. over all of those years. If you were having a party at your house, you wanted Mike to be 1. the bartender, and 2. the DJ. His music playlists were epic!! I’m gonna miss you man, and all of the laughs & the fun. The pain is over, and may you rest in peace & the Lord comfort your family, extended family members & all of your friends at this difficult time.

  3. Uncle Bubba, you’re gone too soon, but I know you are having a great party with the Lord now. My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Glenda, Merry and Jason.

    Much Love

  4. Mark Kenneth Hickey

    None of you know me (yet) but thanks to Kathrine Perkins, she has been filling me in on a side of the family I never knew of. She contacted me this past fall and filled in a lot of missing pieces. I know there’s a lot more to discover and looking forward to finding and someday meeting as many as possible.

    I’m very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sorry we didn’t get a chance to talk or meet.

  5. Our sweet friend Mike has gone to be with Jesus. We are so sad and yet rejoicing for him. Mike left us too soon and we miss him already. We will be with you again one day. Love and prayers for Glenda, Merry, and family.

  6. Over the years Mike and Glenda have become our dearest and best friends. So many fond memories. Mike and Glenda helping out with our wedding in 2001. Mike was the bartender and Glenda our wedding coordinator!! Cruises, cook outs, family get-togethers, Mikes 80’s playlist, Miami vice cocktails, long talks, his buttered onions, brats and Sweet Baby Rays on the grill (Yum). Mike was a big movie buff and has a large movie collection. He appreciated nice things (Tommy Bahama, Ralph Lauren)..

    Mike battled so many health issues for years. Despite that he still kept his sense of humor and had such tenacity to go on despite his disabilities. We will miss him and we look forward to seeing him again.

    We rejoice in the fact that Mike is whole again!

  7. Mike, you were such a fun and joyful man! We will miss you until we see you again someday. Thanks for always being the life of the party, even when you didn’t feel so well. You’ve left us with great memories and we are so grateful. Thanks for being an amazing friend to my parents, Norm and Glenna Baker – and it brings me a smile to know you are rejoicing with them in heaven. Rest in Peace.

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