Phillip Earl Perkins, a resident of Webster, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday October 14, 2016. He was born in Longview, Texas August 1, 1949 to William Earl Perkins and Julia Bassett Perkins. Phillip was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters degree. For most of his entire professional life Phil served as a proud and integral member of the Guidance Navigation and Control Flight Control team in the Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He was on console as a Flight Controller from the very first Space Shuttle Mission (STS-1) through STS-58. After leaving Flight Control, Phillip served as the Subsystems Manager for the Space Shuttle Navigational Aids systems, including the Shuttle Star Trackers and Crew Optical Alignment Sight, until the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. He retired shortly after and began his courageous battle with cancer. Phil will always be remembered by the Flight Control community for his quiet, methodical and highly competent approach to dealing with issues of a critical and potentially life threatening nature. Phil never bragged nor complained. He performed his duties well and will always be remembered for his outstanding service to this nation's human Spaceflight journey. Those left to cherish his memory his is dear sister, Judy Bechtold and her husband Ken, his nieces Kristi Bechtold Norris and Jennifer Bechtold Greer and longtime friend Judy Riggs along with a host of extended family and friends. visitation was held from 6pm-8pm Monday, October 17, 2016 at Rader Funeral Home in Longview. Graveside services were 11am, Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Winterfield Cemetery in Longview.
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