Mr Morrell Kipling (Kip) Perkins, Jr.

January 14, 2013

Morrell Kipling (Kip) Perkins, Jr. died on January 9, 2013 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Kip, son of Morrell and Doris Perkins, was born on October 4, 1956 in Cartersville, GA. He graduated from Cartersville High School in 1975 where he served as a drum major for the marching band. After high school, Kip served his country in the Georgia National Guard. He attended Young Harris College and Kennesaw Jr. College, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1979 from the University of Georgia. He spent many years working with his parents in their popular local restaurants, Morrell’s. He was well-known for his delicious culinary skills. For the last ten years, he was employed by AT&T.

Music was always a driving force throughout Kip’s life. He was a very gifted and self-taught singer, pianist, organist, and guitarist. As a young man, he was a member of various rock bands and in more recent years was an avid participant in his church choir. Kip touched many lives with his musical abilities and passion.

Kip was a loving, adoring, and devoted father who believed his two daughters were his proudest achievements in life. In addition, Kip enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

The outdoors was always an important part of enjoying life for Kip. He was an avid fisherman and a lover of nature.

In 2008, Kip married Melony Kaye Godfrey. This marriage reignited the love of childhood sweethearts. They resided in Cartersville until her passing in October, 2011.

Kip is survived by his mother Doris Ellen Childs Perkins, daughters Sarah Ellen Perkins Thompson and Brittony Kay Perkins, son-in-law Landon Thompson, grandchildren, Nora Elise and Joshua Ellett Thompson, sisters Jeanette Perkins Graves and Debbie Perkins (David) Turner, brother Frank (Karen) Perkins, 5 nephews, 2 nieces, and many great nephews and nieces, aunts and cousins, and close family friend Nan Brideau. He is preceded in death by his father Morrell K. Perkins, Sr., brother Robert (Bob) Cantrell, and sister Charlotte Perkins Johnson.

Visitation for Kip will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Owen Funeral Home in Cartersville. A memorial service for Kip will be held Monday, January 14, 2013 in Cartersville at Owen Funeral Home at 11:00 am.

A Funeral service, visitation and interment will be held in Elberton, GA. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Woodlawn United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am. The service will follow at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Kip’s memory to Woodlawn United Methodist Church located at 3780 Brad Dixon Road, Elberton, Ga. 30635.

Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga. is in charge of arrangements in Cartersville.

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Arrangements for Mr. Morrell Kipling (Kip) Perkins, Jr. are in the care of Hicks Funeral Home of Elberton.