Thomas Merle Perkins, 71, of Caldwell, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, unexpectedly at his residence. He was born May 6, 1947, in Barnesville, a son of the late Rev. Starling and Blanche Thomas Perkins.

He graduated from the Union Local High School in 1965 and earned a BSED Degree from the Ohio University in 1969. He spent his life teaching chemistry and physics. He taught at the Barnesville High School for one year, Caldwell High School for 29 years, and the Buckeye Trail High School for 12 years. He was a member of the Caldwell United Methodist Church and their Church Choir. He previously sang with the Noble County Performing Arts for 20 years. He loved photography and was a wedding photographer for over 30 years and also took many pictures at sporting events. He loved to golf and bowl in his earlier years.

The family will receive friends for visitation Jan. 26, 2019, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home, 609 West St., Caldwell. A funeral service will conclude visitation at 1 p.m. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Beverly Hall officiating. Following the funeral service at the funeral home, a meal will be provided at the Caldwell United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda.

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