Rotary Club constructs ramp for Perkins

The Rotary Club constructed a 32-foot ramp Thursday, May 13 for Bear Perkins, who now lives in the Colbert area. After 38 years living in Nicholson, Bear and Betty Perkins recently relocated to Madison County. Bear was employed by the Athens Clarke County Fire Department and DeKalb County Fire Department for a total of 29 years. He also owned and operated Bear Perkins Tree Service for a number of years. For 25 years, a hobby turned into an on-line mail order business selling powered parachutes and accessories. Betty retired from DeKalb Medical Center after 36 years and helped Bear in the Powered Parachute Business. They constructed a new home on Bullock Hill Road, but he was having difficulty getting up and down the stairs because of a serious health issue. He was going to the doctor frequently and could not get out of the house without assistance. Club members and volunteers who constructed the ramp were Ed Brown Artry Bishop, Mitchell Hill, Walton Hill, Alan Phillips, Roy Gandy, Bruce Gandy and Matt Berryman.

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