Taylor Spencial Perkins Jr., lovingly known as “TP,” entered eternal rest on January 30, 2021. He was the youngest child born to Edna Mae and Taylor Spencial Perkins Sr. on August 8, 1946, in Waco, Texas.
Taylor attended Waco Schools and graduated from Jefferson Moore High School where he was an outstanding student in academics and sports. He participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. After graduating high school; he was one of the first from Waco to graduate from the Commercial Art class at the Gary Job Corps Training Center in San Marcos, Texas. Thereafter, he went on to serve in the United States Army where he received a Certificate of Appreciation and The Army Commendation Medal.
Taylor’s early work history included being a staff artist for ALCO Engraving Co., and a newspaper advertising artist for Leon’s Cinderella. In 1976, he was employed at Brazos Electric in the printing and publications department. He retired in 2015 as the Supervisor of Office Services. For many years, Taylor owned and operated a successful cleaning service, Starbright Janitorial.
Taylor had a passion for art, electronics, politics, cooking, yard work, and entertaining friends and family. He was truly a people person with unique sense of humor and an easy-going demeanor that people of all ages would drop by to visit with him. His belief was that hard work pays off and was available to mentor anyone on how to achieve their goals.
In 1986, he met the love of his life, Bobbie Diane Clayton whom he affectionately referred to as “Bob.” They together were the life of the party, always entertaining and providing laughs. This beautiful union produced one child, Rhaquia (Rockie) Dionne Perkins “Pumpkin.” She was the second love of his life. Taylor was able to witness Rockie grow up, graduate high school and college, and become a successful Registered Nurse. His greatest joy and youngest granddaughter, Stori Coleman often reminded him of Rockie as a baby. Taylor was overjoyed when he saw how much Stori loved to color and “finger paint.”
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
Taylor leaves to cherish in his memory: two daughters, Rhaquia Perkins of Euless and Tajada Crawford-Perkins of Dallas; three grandchildren, Stori Coleman, Khiden Howard, and Kenley Crawford; adopted grandchildren, Amari Crabtree and Tyler Clayton; one sister, Edna Louise Perkins Woodard (Countee) of Fairfield; good friend, Joe; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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