George W Perkins, Jr.

September 28, 1966 - February 24, 2018
George W Perkins, Jr.

George W  Perkins Jr. , 51, of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.

George was preceded in death by his father, George W Perkins Sr. who died in September 2014.  He is survived by his mother, Louise Ehlers Perkins; wife, Melissa Baker Perkins; sisters, Becky Thornton and husband Dillon of Raleigh, NC and Diane Keenan and husband Michael Keenan of Wilmington, brother-in-laws, Perry W. Baker and wife Carol of Martinsburg, WV and Bedford L. Baker of Murrells Inlet, SC;  sister-in-law, Cheryl Ann Herbert of Wilmington; daughters, Karri  Reid of Wilmington and Jennifer Nixon of Winnabow; 6 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and their children;   two aunts and numerous cousins. In addition to all those who loved him, he is survived by his two English bulldogs: Haley Launa Baker-Perkins and Bentley Elbert Baker-Perkins.

George retired from Wilmington Police Department with the rank of Captain on February 1, 2018. He was born and raised in Wilmington and loved the community, his fellow law enforcement associates and his job. He was an avid cyclist, riding thousands of miles each year. He was a member of Cape Fear Cyclists and Law Enforcement United. As a member of Law Enforcement United he rode in in honor of police officers killed in the line of duty and raised money for families of fallen officers.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Port City Community Church, 250 Vision Dr. Wilmington, NC. The family will greet friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may me may be made to the following organizations:

Wilmington Police Recreation Association at

Law Enforcement United at

New Hanover County Humane Society at

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.



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  • February 27, 2018
    Gretchen says:
    I will always remember George’s sweet smile. When we were in high school he could always make my day better with his smile. Sending thoughts of comfort and peace to his family.

  • February 27, 2018
    Carol Stein says:
    We will miss those future memories we had planned with George. We now must cherish those dear memories we have with a beloved man in our world. The Lord only knows our future, so it is a reminder to cherish our friends and our family with each day. My heart is broken with the loss of a friend I found in our wonderful cycling community. My prayers for the Lords comfort and support to all the family and to my friends that were honored to have spent time with George with his lovely wife Missy.

  • February 27, 2018
    David Conklin says:
    Missy, I am so saddened by George's passing. He was one of the absolute best in the WPD and I know you heard it before, but also was the nicest person. I have nothing but great memories of George and hope that you take solace in knowing the positive impact he has had on so many lives. Joan and I will be thinking of you and your family in all the days ahead. Sincerely, Dave

  • February 27, 2018
    Steve Evanko says:
    I had an opportunity to work with George for a short time in 2003, he was a super nice and helpful man, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • February 27, 2018
    Robert Pearsall says:
    Our thoughts are with you.