(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
A Manila High School graduate, he spent 20 years in the Navy, flew in P3s hunting submarines. After retirement, he worked in a plant in Blytheville as a design engineer.
"Our jobs went to Mexico and I decided to go back to school," Perkins said.
He went to nursing school and found his calling.
"It is true nursing is the toughest job you will ever love," he said. "My heart is in long term care. The residents are like family."
In his nursing career, he served as director of nursing for four years in Osceola; worked at Health South Rehab and enjoyed four years of being a traveling nurse. The experience as a traveling nurse took him to a lot of interesting places including Shreveport, New Orleans, Texas, Wyoming, North Dakota.
"Being a traveling nurse was a great experience," he said.
When his granddaughter told him how much she missed him when he is gone, he decided it was time to settle down and be at home every night.
Marla Layne, Monette Manor administrator, expressed her confidence in Perkins.
"I feel we are fortunate to have him here at our facility," Layne said. "It will be beneficial to our staff and our residents."
The nursing staff includes two RNs, 14 LPNs, and 40 CNAs.
Perkins started at Monette Manor in September.