Mary Beth Sallee
Jobe Publishing, Inc.
David Perkins has been described as a kind individual who was respected by everyone who knew him.
From helping on the family farm at a young age to working as a rural mail carrier at the Glasgow Post Office for 35 years, David enjoyed working and helping others. After retiring from the Postal Service, he began working at Phillips IGA in Hiseville where he was employed for a little over eight years.
“David was a vital member of our team,” said Trevor Phillips, Store Manager. “You could find him unloading trucks, stocking shelves, and most recently the driver of the new Phillips IGA delivery service.”
“I would describe my father as hard-working, loyal, and kind-hearted. He loved to work and had a strong work ethic,” said David’s daughter, Summer Perkins Childress. “Most people retire and take up a hobby or find more time to relax, but not my dad. He just wanted to work. It’s what he enjoyed. He also spent a lot of time working outside on his five-acre property, which he kept mowed. Most of the time when you drove by his house, you could find him outside mowing if it was his day off from the grocery.”
David was also a life-long member of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a song leader, church clerk, and Sunday school superintendent.
But in December of 2021, the man who was always on the go became ill. David contracted Covid-19. He passed away on December 26, 2021, at the age of 70. This was a devastating loss for everyone who knew him.
“Our hearts were broken to learn of David’s passing,” Trevor said. “However, we knew the strong, Christian man he was and his love for the Lord, which gives us great peace knowing he’s in the presence of his maker.”
“David was a friendly and kind individual who never failed to assist a customer in need or an employee with a task,” Trevor continued. “David’s dedication to our family business was top notch. We will forever be grateful for his years of service and friendship.”
“David was so inspiring to me,” added coworker Karen Deppe. “He’s always been good to me, and to know him was to love him. He always aggravated me every single day we were at work together. We have just become so close over the last year, and to say I’m completely heartbroken is an understatement.”
Many customers from Barren, Metcalfe, and Hart Counties came to know David through Phillips IGA. They also felt the loss of such a friendly and good-hearted human being.
“David was such a sweet person,” said customer Jessica Withers. “His heart of gold was evident in every interaction we had through Phillips IGA. He will sure be missed by our family.”
For Trevor, David was more than an employee and fellow coworker. He was family.
“Our family has known David for life and have shared many memories with him over the years, including family vacations and countless times spent watching Green Bay Packers games,” Trevor explained. “David was loved by all who knew him, and if you did, you knew he loved to pick and aggravate. He never failed to make you smile or check on you in times of need.”
David not only enjoyed work and church, but he was also a huge sports fan. He loved the Yankees, Green Bay Packers, University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville. He loved attending sporting events of his children and grandchildren, especially cross-country meets.
“I cherished the times as a child learning to throw a baseball and helping out on the farm,” said David’s son, Dustin Perkins. “Dad is the one who taught me how to work hard and gave me a spirit of tenacity that I carry with me today.”
David could certainly be described as a man with a huge heart: a heart for the Lord, a heart for his family, and a heart for making others smile.
“My dad was the best of the best. He cherished his family, his church, and most importantly his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Summer said. “…Dad had a great sense of humor. He loved to joke around with people. He kept his sense of humor even while in the hospital.”
“He was very loyal to his family and loved them fiercely,” Summer added. “…One of my favorite things about my dad was that he was always there for us. He would drop anything for me and my family.”
David Perkins, a hardworking family man whose kindness changed the lives of many, will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.