Patricia Nell Perkins October 2, 1937 - December 8, 2019

Pat Perkins was born in Millen, Ga. to Melba and John H. Perkins the third.   She is survived by her brother Donald Perkins and her companion of over 40 years Mary Gardner She spent her summers as a child in Perkins, Ga., a town founded by her ancestors.  She attended Armstrong College in Savannah.  Pat always had a love for music and sang professionally when young.   She also worked for Bernie Lawrence, performer Steve Lawrence’s brother, at United Artists Records.

Later she would spend more than a decade working in print production from the late 1960’s to the late 1970’s eventually becoming Print Manager at Chapell Music, formerly the world’s oldest and most prestigious music publishing company, which handled the catalogues of such musical legends as the Gershwins, Richard Rodgers, Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb, and many others.  Pat worked closely with The Theodore Presser Company for the printing and distribution of Chapell Music songbooks including The Best Loved Songs of the American Stage Vol. 1-2, The Greatest Songs of Jule Styne, The Judy Garland Songbook and The Marvin Hamlisch Songbook.  Her passion for show business and knowledge of music served her well at Chapell.  In addition Pat edited and compiled The Entertainer’s Songbook, a handbook for auditions and club acts for singers. She also edited That OldeTime Religion for churches and religious organizations. She could astound with her memory for lyrics such as “Hooray for Hollywood”, and would regularly entertain friends with impromptu renditions.

After transitioning from the music industry, she worked in real estate and then founded her own company Pat Perkins Real Estate in New York where she worked independently, 

Eight years ago, Pat relocated to Hendersonville, NC. She will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor and kindness to her loved ones and many friends.

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  1. Anna Novikoff says

    Pat was so much fun to be around and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

  2. Lynnette Pintauro says

    Dear Mary,
    Condolences to you and Pat’s friends and relatives.
    Sincerely, Lynnette Pintauro

  3. John Eilertsen says

    I am so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was truly an amazing person and will be sorely missed.

  4. Glenn Hawes says

    Pat was not only my cousin and but also one of my closest and dearest friends, despite the miles that always separated us. We mostly communicated via emails and phone calls, but had a strong connection that could only be described as that of soulmates. We both enjoyed conversations that usually focused on our common interest in entertainment (music and musicals, stage dramas, movies, song and dance etc.) and we strongly supported each other in our writing pursuits. Pat was an entertainer herself and I have always believed that she was an undiscovered STAR. I will always remain her biggest fan. So blessed to have had Pat in my life.
    To Mary, my deepest sympathy as well as sincere admiration for your devotion to your dear partner until the very end.