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Lee Ester Perkins

Memorial for Lee Ester Perkins

Born in Bastrop County, Texas on May 16, 1915
Departed on Jun. 25, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Monday, Jun. 29, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Sayers Cemetery
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Lee Ester Crockrell Perkins, being the youngest child of Mandy Davis Crockrell and Jimmie Lee Crockrell, was cherished and loved by her siblings. She grew up in the Piney Community of Bastrop County with her ten brothers and sisters. In this thriving community near Camp Swift, the family regularly attended Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church. She was baptized in Piney Creek at an early age and singing songs of praise in church was her first participation in service to God.

As a teenager and early adult, she never forgot her early teachings of the word. She began her married life in the early forties, before the war, with Hoxie Perkins and moved to Austin from the white sandy fields of Piney. In Austin, her journey to learn more of the teaching of Jesus Christ was at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church. Her faith never faltered in the next sixty-nine plus years. Being an active member of the Missionary Society, service to others, and giving to those less fortunate was paramount. Of course, she sang in the Gospel Choir. Her closest relatives gave her the nickname of "songbird". The song she sang until the end was "There is a Bright Side Somewhere".

She opened her heart and home to two nephews, Johnnie and Albert, who also joined and worked in the church. With teenage boys in the home, they needed entertainment. Friday and Saturday were movie nights. This was the forties and TVs were not in every living room. On Fridays, movies were at the Ritz and on Saturdays they saw movies at the Harlem Theater on 12th Street. In the summer, groups of churches joined and had an association where teenagers could meet other church going teenagers. At one of these associations, Albert met his future wife. She believed in discipline and teaching and the young men thrived in this environment.

Her last employer was Brackenridge Hospital where she earned the reputation of giving her best each day from the doctors and staff.

When her health began to fail, calling on the Lord and singing his praises never waned. She is best remembered for her dedication and service to the Lord.

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