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Warren Reginald "W.R.", 70, was born on April 10, 1948 in Gastonia, NC to the late Benjamin Satchel and Louise Barrett Perkins. He transitioned at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC on July 5, 2018.

Warren was a proud 1966 graduate of Highland Senior High School in Gastonia, North Carolina. He then enrolled in collegiate courses prior to being drafted to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Warren chose to complete his obligation in the United States Army, and was assigned for Basic Training at the Fort Bragg Army Base near Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1969. After graduating from Basic Training and completing a brief tour in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Warren was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. While in the Army, he served as a unit supply specialist and represented the U.S. Army as a member of the 3rd Armored Division Basketball Team. A loyal soldier, Warren was honorably discharged from the Army in 1971 after completing his two-year service obligation. 

In April of 1973, he married Cheryl Odom Perkins, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life. From this union, a daughter, Adrienne, was born in December of 1974. In 1982, Warren completed his Bachelor of Science degree at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina. 

Although Warren was employed in many fields from the 1970’s until his retirement in 2005, he was most committed to and enjoyed his careers in recreation management and law enforcement. He particularly loved mentoring and interacting with youth as Assistant Director at the Gaston Boys’ and Girls’ Club in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Among all of his accomplishments, Warren was most proud of becoming the first African-American Chief of Police in Gaston County, as he served as Director of Campus Safety and Security at Gaston College from 1993 to 1995.

At the early age of 12, Warren was baptized by Rev. C.S. Hall at Friendship Baptist Church (currently Friendship Christian Church) and continued to be a life-time member of Friendship Christian Church. He was also a Lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. 
Warren had a wealth of knowledge that he enjoyed sharing with his family members and friends. Furthermore, Warren closely followed Historically Black College and University (HBCU) sports teams and was a major fan of and season pass ticket holder for his alma mater’s football team, the NCCU Eagles. He had also been a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the age of ten.

Warren (also affectionately known as “Perk”, “Matt Dillion”, “Chief”, and “Six-Eight”) is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cheryl and his daughter, Adrienne Perkins, sisters Brenda Ballard (Daryl “Tony”), Yvonne Perkins, and Joycelyn Jamison (Michael), aunt Callie Bush, special cousins Paulette Jackson and Danny Barrett (Alison), adored his adopted “son” Jonathan Gordon and adopted “daughter” Kia Mitchell, host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends whom he loved dearly. 
The funeral service will be Thursday, July 12, 2018 at  at 12:30 pm. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Costner Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
 

Funeral Arrangement

PLACE OF SERVICE:
Friendship Christian Church
221 W. Bradley Street
Gastonia, North Carolina

DATE & TIME:
Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 12:30 P.M.

VISITATION:
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to funeral.
(11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.)

BURIAL:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Gastonia, N.C.
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  • Thursday, July 05, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    May God comfort & strengthen you during this very difficult time. My prayers are with you. My Sincere Condolences.
    ~ Debra Rendleman   Gastonia
  • Sunday, July 08, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Death is never an easy thing to have to deal with. Revelation 21 4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more.
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    May God continue to give you and your family strength and keep loving each other. Rest assured he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Saviour­čÖĆ
    ~ Alice Smith Hall and Family   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    May God continue to give you and your family strength and keep loving each other. Rest assured he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Saviour­čÖĆ
    ~ Alice Smith Hall and Family   Charlotte, NC
  • Monday, July 09, 2018
    We mourn with you.
    ~ Peter & Poiny Stephens   HOHENWALD, TN
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    May God continue to give you and your family strength and keep loving each other. Rest assured he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Saviour­čÖĆ
    ~ Alice Smith Hall and Family   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    May God continue to give you and your family strength and keep loving each other. Rest assured he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Saviour­čÖĆ
    ~ Alice Smith Hall and Family   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    May God continue to give you and your family strength and keep loving each other. Rest assured he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Saviour­čÖĆ
    ~ Alice Smith Hall and Family   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    You have our deepest sympathy. Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives Our condolences to you and your family. Love Kathy
    ~ Kathy Friday Brown & Wardell   Gastonia, NC
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    May the peace of God comfort his family , on perk life travels we met, and I am grateful for that,
    ~ Allen Reddish   Durham, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    I will forever miss my dear friend...rest in peace Chief Perk, Dr. Joseph C. Williams.
    ~ Joseph   Williams, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    I will forever miss my dear friend...rest in peace Chief Perk, Dr. Joseph C. Williams.
    ~ Joseph Williams   Durham, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    I will forever miss my dear friend...rest in peace Chief Perk, Dr. Joseph C. Williams.
    ~ Joseph Williams   Durham, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    I will forever miss my dear friend...rest in peace Chief Perk, Dr. Joseph C. Williams.
    ~ Joseph Williams   Durham, NC
  • Monday, July 09, 2018
    Thoughts and prayers to The Perkins and Odom families.
    ~ Barbara Massey Arnold   Southfield, MI
  • Monday, July 09, 2018
    My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Warren Perkins during this most difficult time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Feasta Taylor Reynolds   Raleigh, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    With heartfelt sympathy in your loss There is no way to lessen the sorrow of losing someone so precious to you ...but please remember that other s care very much and wish you strength and comfort at this sad time . Ken and Bessie
    ~ Kenneth Froneberger   Gastonia, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Warren was one of Highland's finest he will truly be missed. My prayers are with you all.
    ~ Linda B. Dawkins   Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Cheryl and Adrienne,may the memories you shared with your beloved husband and father live on in your heart for a like-time.With Heartfelt Sympathy. Carlotta C. Smith Winston Salem
  • Monday, July 09, 2018
    To the Perkins and Odom Family,my deepest sympathy goes out to you Cheryl, Adrienne and the family. May the comfort of God be with each of you,in the loss of your loved one ( Warren ) and my classmate/class of "66". Carlotta C. Smith. Winston Salem
  • Monday, July 09, 2018
    To Adrienne you have my deepest condolences on the passing of your father I will keep you in my prayers may God protect and keep you in the days ahead.
    ~ Bernice Wilson   Bladenboro, NC
  • Monday, July 09, 2018
    To Adrienne you have my deepest condolences on the passing of your father I will keep you in my prayers may God protect and keep you in the days ahead.
    ~ Bernice Wilson   Bladenboro, NC
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    Lean on GOD and the sweet memories you have. Sorry for your loss
    ~ Kitty Montgomery   Gastonia, NC
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES IN YOUR LOSS. NICK
    ~ LEONARD C NIXON   GASTONIA
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez