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In Memory of

Macray Perkins

September 21, 1925 - August 15, 2010

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The Legacy of BM1 Macray Perkins USN RET.

Macray Perkins was born September 21, 1925 in Cleburne, Texas to Sam and Beulah Perkins. Born Mac Ray Perkins, the Navy had combined his first and middle names to Macray. His four siblings were Juanita, Alyce, Raymond and Sammie. His father was a farmer and his mother was a schoolteacher. His mother Beulah passed away when Macray was 9 years old and his youngest sister Sammie was 18 months old. Sam Perkins had a big family and a farm to work. In those days, the...

The Legacy of BM1 Macray Perkins USN RET.

Macray Perkins was born September 21, 1925 in Cleburne, Texas to Sam and Beulah Perkins. Born Mac Ray Perkins, the Navy had combined his first and middle names to Macray. His four siblings were Juanita, Alyce, Raymond and Sammie. His father was a farmer and his mother was a schoolteacher. His mother Beulah passed away when Macray was 9 years old and his youngest sister Sammie was 18 months old. Sam Perkins had a big family and a farm to work. In those days, the children were usually split up between relatives. Sam wanted the children to stay together so they could watch out for each other. Sam decided to send them to Boles' Childrens home, sponsored by the Church of Christ in Quinlin, Texas, as Sam could visit them all and support them there. Macray's sisters worked in the kitchen, and Macray and Raymond worked with the caretaker, cutting wood, farming and growing food for the home. At that time, Macray learned to hunt and fish from the caretaker to help feed the children at the home. While at the home, all the children were taken down to a lake and were Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. A year or two after they were in the home, Sam Perkins passed away. Another hardship for the family was when Macray's brother Raymond also passed away. When Macray turned 17 in 1941, he saw his chance to leave the home and join the Navy to see the world.
Macray served his country during World War II in the South Pacific, as a Boatswain's Mate. He piloted landing crafts in many operations and battles. He finished up the war in Guam. After the war, Macray needed some peace and quiet so he went back to Texas to do some hunting and fishing, as he did at the Boles' home. He visited friends. After 2 years with no great job prospects available, Macray reenlisted in the Navy. Macray was now a "lifer" in the Navy. He was sent to serve in the Korean War.
Macray was stationed in Japan, on several ships in and out of port. In 1956, he met his true love, Yoko Inage, a hairdresser, through friends. They were married in Japan April 2, 1958. Their first daughter, Alice Yoko, was born on February 8, 1959 in Yokosuka, Japan.
Macray and his family returned to San Diego, California, where he was stationed at North Island Naval Air station. Macray and Yoko's second daughter was born on December 18, 1961. Macray was out to sea and came back to meet his six-month-old beautiful baby daughter, Beulah. Shortly thereafter, Macray was sent out to sea to help straighten out the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1963, Macray and his family were transferred to Concord, California. In 1967, Macray & his family were stationed in Yokosuka, Japan for a nice four-year family reunion while Macray was serving in the Vietnam War. At that time, Macray taught his daughters how to bake pies. Macray learned how to bake from his sister Juanita (Nita) when they lived in the Boles' home.
In 1971 President Nixon had Macray and many other servicemen and women retire early. Yoko decided the family would be going to live in San Diego. Macray retired June 30, 1971 with 28 years in the Navy. It was a sad day for Macray...he loved serving in the Navy and he loved his country. Macray and Yoko bought a house in the South Bay of San Diego, without a job! A fellow shipmate, Bill White, got him a job at Fedco Stores. He was a Warehouseman and Teamster for 15 years. In San Diego he was able to hunt and fish. His favorite place to fish was in Ensenada, Mexico. Macray and his Beagles hunted rabbits on Otay Mesa, and he finally got a deer with his friend, Denny Schrader.
He was a longtime member of the Fleet Reserve Association, and a lifetime member of the Fiesta View VFW Post.
Macray was able to watch his daughters get married. Alice married Scott Lewis in 1988. Beulah married Carlos Corona in 1989. In 1996, Macray became "Papa" when Scott and Alice gave him his grandson, Timothy John.
On August 15, 2010 (Victory in Japan Day), Macray passed away in his sleep.
You were a great Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend.
He will be missed.
He loved his wife, his family, his dogs and his Dallas Cowboys.

Arrangements under the direction of Greenwood Mortuary, San Diego, CA.