Mary Jo Sloan Perkins, age 69, died on Thursday at FirstHealth Hospice in Pinehurst.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 28 at Yates Thagard Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Johnson and the Rev. Sammy Frye officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at Yates Thagard Baptist Church.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Mrs. Perkins lived with her family in many states and overseas. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Joseph Sloan and Mary Louise Spirers Sloan. Mrs. Perkins was a dedicated nursing instructor at Sandhills Community College for 32 years and touched many lives. She worked as a nurse in the newborn nursery at Moore Regional Hospital and worked as a Nurse Manager in the newborn nursery in Huntsville, Alabama. There she helped facilitate the use of NASA's latest technological innovations. She was a member of Yates Thagard Baptist Church and a devout Christian.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Bill Perkins; a daughter, Rita Oldham and husband, Alan of Pinehurst; two sons, Todd Perkins & wife, Susan of Sellersville, PA, and Brian Perkins & wife, Brandi of Clewiston, Florida; one sister, Dr. Sarah Sloan Kreutziger & husband, Dr.Keith of New Orleans, LA;; nine grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved Shih Tzu, Lady. The family requests that any nurses present wear nursing pins or crosses.
Memorials may be made to Mary Jo Perkins Scholarship at Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374; Living Word Ladies Bible Study at Yates Thagard Baptist Church, 3820 Vass Carthage Road, Carthage, NC 28327 or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 5 Aviemore Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Perkins family.
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  1. Love from cousins Hugh, John and Mary Sloan in Oxford, Mississippi. We will join our pastor at Cambridge United Methodist Church on Saturday at 3PM, and will share prayers for Mary Jo and her family.

  2. Bill, Rita, Todd, Brian and families. Mary Jo was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed. She was the definition of a godly woman. I am sure she is now with our Lord and savior. Please know my heart goes out to you all in this time of your loss.

  3. Bill, Rita, Alan, Brian, Brandi, Todd, Susan, Sam and family,
    Our families have had wonderful times in the past with some great memories. The one Eddie and I will never forget is the clock striking midnight in 2000!! (what fun) Mary Jo was a wonderfu

  4. Rita, Alan and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your mom is with the Lord and finally without any pain or suffering. We should envy her at this moment. She was a good and gracious lady in her life and now she is

  5. So sorry to hear of Mary Jo’s passing. She graduated WTHS one year after I did, and I did not know her well. I want to express my sympathy from me and from her hometown friends. It was a great night in Waynesville tonight. Many coaches and the football pl

  6. I am an old 1960’s Waynesville Township High School friend. I had not talked with Mary Jo since 1963 or so. Have often thought of Mary Jo and the Sloan family over the years. They did really affect my life. Especially Mary Jo. Sure hope Dr. Sarah sees the

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. May it help you to know that the last enemy, God and Jesus will get rid of is death as 1 Corinthians 15:26 says: as the last enemy death is brought to nothing. Yes they will cause it to cease forever, never to return, for they

  8. I will always remember Ms. Perkins as one of my favorite nursing instructors at SCC. So sorry for your loss…your family is in my prayers.

  9. Our Prayers are with you and yours in your season of grief.
    God Bless,
    Bro. Larry D. Robertson,
    Pastor, Day’s U. Meth. Church,
    Liverpool, Louisiana

  10. Please know that my prayers are with each of you. Mrs. Perkins was my instructor at Sandhills many years ago. I will always cherish the many lessons that she taught me. I credit Mrs. Perkins with teaching me how to "BE" a nurse! She always encou

  11. Uncle Billy and Family,
    Please know that each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary Jo brightened this world with her kindness and beautiful smile. I cherish the memory of being the flower girl at your wedding so many years ago. She talked abo

  12. To the Perkins family:
    I will truly miss Mrs. Perkins as one of the finest nursing instructors I ever had. She showed great patience and a lot of understanding not to mention a lot of love for her students. If it were not for Mrs. Perkins, nursing s

  13. Bill, Rita, Bryan, Todd and Family,
    Mary Jo was the most wonderful friend to me. We first met in the Ladies Living Word Bible Study several years ago. I knew right away she was special and loved our Lord and I wanted to be her friend. I loved her s

  14. Rita, I just heard about your Mom’s passing. I am so sorry. Your Mom was so special and she touched many lives. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Rita, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother. I Pray that God will lift you up and comfort you as only he can in the days ahead. Your family will be in my thoughts and Prayers.

  16. so sorry for your loss, know that Mrs. Perkins was loved by many, she was an influence and inspiration in my life. she would tap me on the shoulder at church and ask when I was gonna go back to school to be a nurse, it took a long time for me to say yes,

  17. Mrs. Perkins had a profoundly positive effect on me during my completion of the ADN program at SCC. She was very kind while helping prepare me for a long, successful nursing career. Mrs. Perkins was always a lady, always professional and taught me to alwa

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