The Rev. Dr. Albert Dashiell "Al" Perkins III died Nov. 7, 2020, surrounded by family.
Al was born March 2, 1929, in Chattanooga, Tenn. After attending the University of Mississippi, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force (1950-1953). Later, he served again in the U.S. Navy (1960-1965) and finally in the Alabama State Defense Force (1994-2012). After his service in the Air Force, Al entered a lifetime of ministry. He obtained a master's in divinity from Sewanee: The University of the South and a doctorate of ministry from Texas Christian University. Al served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Alexander City, St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Roanoke. Al's civic involvement was extensive, holding leadership positions in many organizations including: The STEP Foundation (Strategies To Elevate People), Consumer Credit Counseling Center, Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, Old South Historic Society, Montgomery Crime Prevention Program, Brantwood Children's Home of Montgomery, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, Boy Scouts of America, Camp McDowell and Cub Scouts of America. Al was honored as Man of the Year in Alexander City in 1970; was recognized as one of the Seniors of Achievement by the Montgomery Area Council on Aging in 1996; and received recognition by The Montgomery Advertiser in 2004 as one of the Families of the Year. Al served on a rotation of pastors at Church in the Pines at Lake Martin, preaching each summer for 50 straight years. He also enjoyed preaching at the Church of the Living Waters at StillWaters on Lake Martin. Al led a men's Bible study every Friday for more than 30 years, leading his final one Friday, Nov. 6.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Dashiell Perkins Jr. and Kathryn Lucille Orndorff Perkins. Al is survived by his wife, Virgie Richerson Perkins; children, Rebecca Perkins Smith, Deborah Perkins Mashburn (Mike) and Albert Dashiell Perkins IV (Ashley); and grandchildren, Wilson Smith, Caroline Smith, Michael Mashburn Jr., Lucy Mashburn Young (Patrick), Virginia Smith (Treadwell Davis, fiancŽ), Abby Mashburn, Olivia Perkins, Annabel Perkins Roberts (Zack), Grace Perkins, Albert Dashiell Perkins V, Amelia Perkins, Grant Perkins and Ruthie Perkins.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 809 Rock Mills Rd., Roanoke, AL 36274 or to Christchurch Anglican, 8800 Vaughn Rd., Montgomery, AL 36117.