Clair Perkins, 76 - Vienna

Clair Perkins, 76, of Vienna, passed away Feb. 5, 2008.

He was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Nicut, W.Va., the son of the late Clarence and Zell Newell Perkins. He was saved and baptized with the help of Pastor Mark Wilding of Cornerstone Gospel Church.

Clair worked at the Viscose Corporation until it's closing in 1969, and then went into business for himself, forming Perkins Construction. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and four-wheeling. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Bircher Perkins; two daughters, Angela J. Gant (Rick) and Teresa A. Smith (Rodney), both of Vienna; one son, Matthew Clair Perkins (Christy) of Vienna; six grandchildren, Rebecca and Rachael Gant, Chase and Kaycee Smith and Austin and Kaitlyn Perkins; two sisters, Jacqueline Cowan (Emery) of Massillon, Ohio, and Eleanor Gilmore of Parkersburg; one aunt, Opal Goff; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Clair was preceded in death by his younger sister, Maxine; and brother, Bernard "Bun" Perkins.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Wilding officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Harrisville. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.