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March 21, 2013

Helen Hare Perkins

PRINCETON — Helen Hare Perkins

PRINCETON — Helen Kaye “Pigtails” Hare Perkins, 64, of Princeton died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at her home. Born August 24, 1948 in Bluefield she was the daughter of the late Carl Hare and Doris Prichard.

Helen was a 1966 graduate of Princeton High School. She was active in her community. When her children were young she volunteered as PTA President and helped arrange for the Melrose School sixth grade class to attend the World’s Fair. She was a leader of Brownies, Girl Scout, Cadets and Boy Scouts. Her art career began in Nashville, Tennessee, when she started painting canvas oils to help finance her husband’s college education. She was a business partner in a successful local ceramic and craft shop and later went on to pursue a solo ceramic and craft shop. Her happiest business venture lasted over 20 years and found her tending and managing several local bars and pubs. She truly enjoyed her customers. After her retirement from bar management Helen was office manager for Flinchum law office. In 2002 Helen received the gift of organ donation from a living donor. Helen appreciated the gift of life and worked daily to educate the community regarding organ donations.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel G. “Perk” Perkins and her brother Michael Vest.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick Perkins and Steven Perkins and two daughters, Elaine Flinchum and her husband Keith and Karla Taylor and husband Anthony, all of Princeton; two special friends, Daryl Sutphin, of Princeton and Cloyce Perkins, of Princeton; three brothers, Walter “Jerry” Vest, of Princeton, Gale Piper, of Petersburg, Ohio, and Arch Hare and wife Kaye, of Connelly Springs, N.C.; one sister, Faith Annette Murphy and husband Michael Murphy, of Roanoke, Va., and one brother-in-law, Thomas Perkins, of Florida; seven grandchildren, Anthony and his wife Jessica, Marie, Paige, Morgan, Tara, Heather and Jayme and one great-grandchild, Reaghan.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be on Saturday, March 23, 2013 when her family and friends will gather at her home at 2021 Pisgah Road in Princeton from 3-7 p.m. There will be no services at the funeral home. Honoring her request the body has been cremated.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mercer County Animal Shelter, 961 Shelter Road, Princeton, WV 24740.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. To view a video tribute to Helen or send the family online condolences please visit


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