OBITUARY: Cletis Rainier Perkins


Cletis Rainier Perkins was born February 14, 1963 at Maury County Hospital in Columbia Tennessee as a Valentine’s bundle of joy and only child to parents Calvin and Gwendolyn Perkins. He departed this earthly life and entered eternal rest on the morning of May 24, 2023.

Cletis was raised by his parents and late grandparents, Eddie and Viola Wilkes growing up in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.

He attended Mt. Pleasant Schools and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1981. He attended Mt Nebo MB Church Sunday School in his early years. After graduating from high school, Cletis was a long time Employee of Heil Quaker in Lewisburg Tennessee where he became certified in brazing welding until the plant closed. He then worked for Interco Printing and IB Tech in Mt Pleasant until his health failed.

An avid lover of music and SEC football, he maintained tickets to the SEC championship game in Atlanta for over 20 years attending with family as a yearly outing. He was a fan of Vanderbilt and especially Alabama football. “Roll Tide” He was also a fan of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic music often called P-Funk. His favorite radio station was 104.5 The Zone where he kept up with all sports.

He loved to post pictures on Facebook and if you did not watch out, he would steal your pictures and pretend they were his own. He was frequently seen “taking a block” in Mt. Pleasant with his mom, cousin, or friends. Cletis loved to eat especially hamburgers (White Castles), steak, all things beef, fish, BBQ, ice-cream, and pound cake.

He was a kind person who loved people and loved doing things for those in need. He was full of humor, the life of family gatherings, laid back, stubborn at times. He loved being with his family. He was particularly good at respectfully and kindly doing things his way.

Cletis will be sorely missed by his beloved Mother Gwendolyn Fitzpatrick Perkins, his dear cousin / big sister Jan Wheeler, dear little cousin Aa’Liyah Moore. Special cousins Tracey Sharpe (Kim), Dellie Will Sharpe (Sandra), Larry Fitzpatrick (Annette) & family, Ulysses Bullock, LaVentress Bullock, Bobbie Lynn Sharpe Moore (Robert), niece Shadonda Perkins & children. Special family friend Laytoya Alderson. Friends Jerome Williams, Terrell Humphrey, Tom (friend from Heil Quaker), Damon Young, Cristina Smith, Susie Daniels, Trestika Wilson, LaTonya Hassell, Latricia Mayes, Carolyn Smith, and Joe Conger. Brothers Calvin and Donnie Perkins, nieces, nephews, other cousins, extended family, and friends.

His father Calvin Perkins and grandparents predeceased him. We your Family will always treasure and be thankful for the time we had with You. Your Memory will be forever in our hearts.

A visitation for Cletis was held Sunday, May 28 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home.


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