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Leslie Eugene Perkins

October 1, 1933 ~ March 20, 2020 (age 86)

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Leslie Eugene Perkins of Allen left this life Friday, March 20, 2020, at the age of 86.

Leslie was born October 1, 1933 in Dawson, Texas to J.B. and Minnie May Mayo Perkins.  He graduated from Dawson High School in 1954 and went on to serve in the United States Army. During his military career, he earned many honors, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and Bronze Star Medal with Valor.  He retired from the Army as a 1st Sergeant.  Upon military retirement, he began a career as a mail handler for the United States Post Office.

Leslie was a member of the Wilson County Historical Society and the Floresville Lions Club, where he held the position of Lion Tamer.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising cattle.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances “Sue” Franovich and Delores “Jeanie” Cotnam; and two wives, Frieda Heid Perkins and Caroline “Carrie” De Los Santos Tejada Perkins.

He is survived by a daughter, Heidi Torres and husband Christopher of Van Alstyne; a son, Ryan Allan and wife Monica of Lubbock; and grandchildren Brandon, Tristan, and Allie. He is also survived by three sisters, Allene Warden of Baird, Alice Baker of Dallas, and Linda Berry and husband Rick of Terrell; and three brothers, Larry Perkins and wife Grace of Benton, AR, A.B. Perkins of Onalaska, WI, James “Rusty” Perkins and wife Diane; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private family burial will be held at Ross Cemetery Annex in Baird. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at a later date.

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