Sherry Diane Perkins

August 29, 1954 - August 30, 2020

Diane Perkins

Sherry Diane Perkins, 66, of Silsbee, died Sunday, August 30, 2020.  She was born on August 29, 1954, in Kountze, to Norice Gilley Perkins and Joe Charles Perkins.

If you knew Diane Perkins, you knew that she spent many years working in law enforcement.  She invested a total of thirty-six years in this career, but her heart was complete when she worked as a school resource officer.  She spent eleven years at Silsbee Middle School as “Officer Perkins”, which the staff later nicknamed her as “OP”.  Diane could be stern at school when she needed to be, but she was also known for loving the kids in Silsbee ISD, and the kids loved her just as much.  Diane was always at sporting events and other school activities.  She kept up with what was going on in the lives of the kids at school and always encouraged them.  As much as Diane loved all the kids at school, she decided to retire in 2017.  She told everyone, “I’m going home to take care of my babies,” and took on the role of Dottie.  Dottie took care of her babies even when they were sick.  She never missed a class party, football game, or cheer competition.  Not only was Diane committed to her family, she also went above and beyond for others.  It was nothing for her to help someone, in secret, by providing school clothes, Christmas gifts, and helping with bills.  We are only now beginning to hear of these stories.  Diane Perkins was known as Aunt Diane to many, as well as Dottie, sister, Officer Perkins, OP, and friend to all.

Survivors include her sister, Connie Hawthorne and her husband, Jerry; niece, Andrea Jones and her husband, Andy; nephew, J.J. Hawthorne and his wife, Amy; and aunts, Martha Gray, and Lea Slaydon and her husband, Billy, all of Silsbee; great nieces and nephews, Kynslie Jones, Kacen Jones, Mikey Richardson, Paityn Hawthorne, Hayden Hawthorne, Davan Richardson, and Maddy Miller; and cousin, Rachel Fontaine and her husband, Billy, of Katy.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, James “Butch” Perkins.

A gathering of Diane’s family and friends will begin at 3:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  Her interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, Silsbee.

The family has requested that everyone in attendance please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Diane’s name to Silsbee Independent School District, 415 Highway 327, Silsbee, Texas 77656.

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Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Thursday, September 03, 2020
3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Thursday, September 03, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Resthaven Cemetery
South 3rd Silsbee, TX 77656

Comments (13)

  • David G Wallace

    28 September 2020 at 21:59 | #

    I worked with Diane from 1979 until 1983 in law enforcement. Diane was a very nice young lady to work with and was always pleasant to be around. Diane will be missed very much, but she will never be forgotten by her family, her law enforcement family and her friends. May God Bless You And Be With You, Diane. Thank you for your true friendship forever.


  • Leigh Carrico

    04 September 2020 at 18:03 | #

    Connie, Jerry and family... My heart is broken. Diane touched so many lives. I know she did mine. She took a green kid under her wing so many years ago and was instrumental in my professional path. Friend and mentor, she was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.. So many wonderful memories. My heart hurts for your loss. Hold tight to those memories for they are beautiful treasures. Anyone who knew her, knew how much she loved her family. Diane,you may have left this earth but you will always be in our hearts. Fly high Lady Di


  • Peggy & Ron Scarborough/Georgetown, TX

    04 September 2020 at 03:41 | #

    Connie,, Diane was so loved by so many. I remember working with her at Silsbee Middle School way back when. She kept us safe, smiling, and laughing. What a joy to be around her.! I’m a better person for knowing Diane. My heart hurts for each of you. ?


  • Beverly Barnett

    02 September 2020 at 18:39 | #

    Connie I am so sorry about Diane. She was such a sweet lady. I am praying for you and your family.


  • Wanda harwell

    02 September 2020 at 17:25 | #

    Connie and all your precious family, my heart aches for you all in the loss of Dianne! Didn’t know her as well as the rest of you but know she was a loving and giving person by all that I’ve read and heard about her since her passing! May ourLord give you peace and understanding and know our prayers will be with all of y’all and her friends!


  • Jesse and Sharon Hawthorne

    02 September 2020 at 12:30 | #

    We are praying for your family in the loss of Diane. We are unable to attend her service because of the virus.


  • Sue Lindeman

    01 September 2020 at 19:26 | #

    We send our deepest sympathies to you, Connie, and to Diane's entire family. We have not been in public for months because of COVID and will not be able attend her services. WE will be praying for strength and peace in this most difficult time for all of you. . We love you. Ken and Sue Lindeman


  • Mindy Roy

    01 September 2020 at 03:50 | #

    Wow. What a great and wonderful person she was. She will definitely be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her sweet and precious family. Love to all of you.


  • Deborah Laird Walker/Wayne Walker

    01 September 2020 at 03:24 | #

    Diane worked with my Mom and Step Dad at The Hardin County Sheriffs Department for many years. She was like part of our family and we loved her so much. I'm so sad to hear of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Connie and the rest of her family. I know she was met in Heaven by my Mama. I told her she was on her way.


  • Hanah bozyone

    01 September 2020 at 02:17 | #

    Rest easy OFFICERS PERKINS you will forever be loved and missed by me


  • Kelly Powers Smith

    01 September 2020 at 00:57 | #

    So sorry to hear abt Diane. My heart goes out to Connie and family. I have known Diane many years..from being silly on school bus #2 up until the present. Diane was my friend and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. RIP Diane.


  • Jack Langston

    31 August 2020 at 22:28 | #

    I worked around Diane around 1980. She was not scared of anything, always worked hard and helped anyone when she could. I gave her and Mr. Overstreet a pair of hand cuffs when I moved on.. RIP Diane.


  • Don Roy Jr.

    31 August 2020 at 20:53 | #

    You left a positive impact on all that knew you from your days at EJMSMS. R.I.P. Officer Perkins.


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