Funeral set for James Perkins, one of FedEx’s first African American executives

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis-based FedEx is mourning the loss of one of the company’s first African American executives.

James Perkins, who served as a senior vice president and chief personnel officer at FedEx, died over the weekend.

Perkins grew up in Orange Mound, where he played basketball and football at Melrose High School.

He later graduated from Tuskegee University and served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam before joining FedEx in the early 1970s.

Perkins was also involved in several community organizations including the Memphis Urban League, the Boys and Girls Club and the NAACP.

According to his published obituary, Perkins’ homegoing will take place Saturday, Dec 7 at Hope Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m., with the funeral at noon. He will be interred at Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis, 44 S. Rembert, Memphis, TN 38104. www.bgcm.org. or donate to the Urban Ministry of Hope Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38108.

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