W. Keith “Ma” Perkins, 72, of Alledonia, died Saturday, February 23, 2013 in the Barnesville Health Care Center. He was born March 20, 1940 near Alledonia, Ohio, a son of the late Kenneth and Ruth Day Perkins. Keith was an employee of the former Ohio Ferro Alloys plant near Powhatan Point and a retired bus driver for the Switzerland of Ohio School District; he was a member of the Armstrong Mills United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Mark Erchak. S
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Linda Blakley Perkins; three daughters, Annette Erchak of Jerusalem, Shelly (John) Russ of Amanda, and Melodie (Bob) Hall of Barnesville; seven grandchildren, Nick (Teri), Antony, Alex, and Darien Erchak, Joshua and Sara Russ, and Benjamin Hall; two brothers, Merle Perkins of Canal Fulton and Marvin (Alice) Perkins of Beallsville; a sister Wilma Paknik, of Shadyside; his faithful companion, Elda; several nieces and nephews; also many wonderful friends. Visitation was held February 26 at the Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville where funeral services will be held February 27 with Pastor Rusty Atkinson officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. To help with medical expenses, memorial contributions may be sent to Keith’s family, c/o Harper Funeral Home, PO Box 250, Beallsville, OH 43716.