Sheldon Perkins, age 88 of Evant, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2023.
Private graveside services will be held at Murphree Cemetery.
Sheldon was born on April 1, 1935 in Hamilton County, to the late James Issac Perkins and Edna Sheldon. He lived in and around Evant his entire life. Other than driving a truck for Faubion Truck Lines, his life’s work was water well drilling and service. Sheldon was available to the public needing water 24 hours a day and seven days a week. He was known for his devotion that no matter when his services were needed, he was ready to repair their well. He married his “Sweetheart” Belva Jean Gilchrest on November 22, 1987. Whatever Sheldon did, he was passionate about it. He was a gardener from a young age and was good at it also. His tomatoes were envied by everyone around. His brother, Eldon claimed that Sheldon grew better onions because Sheldon ate his before they got very big. Sheldon and Belva loved fishing and won several fishing tournaments, they were certainly happiest “on the lake.” It was certainly a sad day for them, when they sold their boat. Together, they also enjoyed horse races, dancing and playing Forty-Two Dominoes with their friends. His wife Belva preceded him in death on April 5, 2020.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evie Scott; and a sister-in-law, Cindy Perkins.
Sheldon is survived by his sons, Keith Perkins of Houston; Kirk Perkins of Lampasas; Lynn Perkins and wife, LaDale of Lampasas; stepdaughters, Gay McCarty of Gatesville; Beverly Marwitz and husband, Scott of Evant; brother, Eldon Perkins of Evant. His eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren that survive him were his pride and joy, Leslie Perkins and his son, Dylan; Ashton and Mandee Perkins and their children, Ace and Scarlett; Gage and Eliana Perkins and their children, Zaden and Landon; Colton and Kallen Perkins and their son, Rhett; Tyler and Jenna Perkins and their daughter, Presley; and Lauren Perkins.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Evant I.S.D. Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 133, Evant, Texas 76525.