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James L. Perrin

January 22, 1941 ~ October 26, 2021 (age 80)


James L. Perrin, “Paw Paw”, 80, of Center Point, Tx. joined his Wife, Son, and Savior on October 26, 2021. He was born in Laredo on January  22, 1941 to Dave and Elsie Perrin. 

He is preceded in death, by both parents Dave and Elsie Perrin, His wife of 25 years, Linda Perrin, son David Perrin. 

He is survived in death by his son Joey L. Perrin, and wife Kambra, of Center Point, Tx. His Grandson Kaden M. Perrin. 

He was diagnosed,  10 years ago with stage 4 cancer and Stage 5 Kidney Disease. Shortly after he saw a priest for confession and was given the anointing of the sick. He would tell you “I don't know how to explain what happened, but I am healed.” He refused medical intervention and defied the odds, given only 6 months. This fit right along with his personality of doing things his way.

In 1958 he chose to serve his country by joining the US Coast Guard. After the service he found a job at Continental Motors, which later became Rod East Volkswagen. He was the first VW mechanic in San Antonio, Tx. He retired from Rod East after twenty years. He then opened his own successful business, Perrin Motors in Center Point, Tx. There he built custom VW trikes, and worked all types of  VW’s. His customers loved him, and many kept up with him after he fully retired.

Friends and Family that knew him, knew he had many passions. He was a master at many trades and a jack at others. He loved to collect many different things, to some it was junk, but to him it was treasure.”  He shared this passion with his best friend, and grandson. Kaden, was the light of his life from the day he was born and the feeling was mutual. Those two were always laughing, bartering, or up to something. If mom said “no” to Kaden, he’d asked Grandpa! He celebrated his 80th Birthday with his family and friends. He had a  Birthday party, and told us “I’ve never had a real birthday party before.” 

He loved music. His favorites were Jimmy Rodgers, and Jerry Lee Lewis, until recent years. He started to enjoy Elizabeth Cotton and mentioned the song “Freight Train.” If you listen to it it will assure you he was at peace. It was like he had been enlightened and knew it was time. 

When he left this world he was watching TV, most likely the news. He still had the remote in his hand. James was never an ordinary person, the day before he left us, he was still helping people. When asked, if he was in pain he would say “Not not too much.” His spirit was bright, he was happy, and still enjoyed the things he loved. He will be missed by family and friends dearly but we know it is not goodbye - but see ya later. 

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