Tim and Carole Perkins
Tim and Carole Perkins have been at Highland Oaks for 35+ years, moving their membership here when we still were meeting on Garland Road. Carole was born in Gladewater in East Texas, back before it was a cool place to visit with antique stores and boutiques and a fall festival. Her family moved to Dallas when she was just three, however, so she claims Big D as her hometown. She attended the Pleasant Grove church until after college. She began school at John Quincy Adams Elementary School and then transferred to Pleasant Grove Christian (now Dallas Christian) in the 6th grade. Carole is proud to have been a "Charter Charger," and is also proud that she has 3rd generation Chargers attending DC. All of her children graduated from DC, and two granddaughters are current Chargers. After high school Carole attended Abilene Christian, majoring in Pre-Dental Science. She transferred from there her junior year to complete her degree in Dental Hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry. She practiced as a hygienist for 34 years, all for the same doctor! In addition she worked Saturdays several years for HO's own Dr. Gottfred Olsen.
Tim was raised in Dallas. He attended the former Peak and Eastside church until after college. His dad was a deacon there, and then an elder. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1966 and then went to Abilene Christian College (now ACU) and got a degree in education. Later he completed his MA at Southern Methodist University. He learned his work ethic from his hard working parents. He had odd jobs from elementary school through college, and for six years was in the US Army, Texas National Guard, and Army Reserves. Tim then pursued his career in education, teaching seventh grade Texas History and English for 36 years in the Dallas ISD. In 1982 he began driving a bus, and continues that after retirement from teaching. He currently drives a bus for the Irma Rangel Leadership School for Young Women, and sees it as a great part-time job for a retiree. Aviation photography is a passionate hobby, and he is lucky enough to have two magazine covers to his credit. He is also pretty good with weather reporting, and has a Facebook page that keeps the rest of us up-to-date on what to expect with the frequently changing Texas weather.
Tim and Carole met at the beginning of their sophomore year at ACU, in the Student Grill. Tim had a car, so he became Carole's ride home several times that year, and those long rides led to some long sighs and they fell pretty hard for each other. But the next year when Carole transferred to Baylor Dental in Dallas they found that long-distance dating just wasn't working, so they decided to date others. Then Tim had military obligations to finish, so they continued to be separated, but that wasn't working, either. So when Tim got back to Dallas, they started dating again, and after a 5-month engagement, they were married on July 27, 1972.
Tim and Carole were blessed with three children: Brett, 38; Blake, 37; and Brooke, 33. They all went to ACU and that is where they met their wonderful spouses. Brett and Jenny live in San Antonio and are the parents of Zach, 10; Ethan, 8; Brady, 3; and Miss Ainsley, 1. They are both very active at the Sunset Ridge church. Blake and Jaime live in Royse City and both teach at Dallas Christian where their daughters Maddie, 9, and Macie, 6, attend. They are members of the East Ridge church where Blake teaches Sunday morning and Wednesday night classes and Jaime is active in the ladies and children's programs. Brooke and Michael were involved members at the Richardson East church with their children Audrey, 5; Julia, 3; and Nadia, 6 months, but have just moved to Keller and are looking for a new church home there.
Tim and Carole became members at Highland Oaks in 1977, when it was still the Garland Road church. Their HO heritage goes far beyond that, however. Tim's grandmother, Alta Fenn, was a member at the old Pearl and Bryan church which evolved into Garland Road/Highland Oaks. They left HO for a few years when the boys were in high school and wanted to go to Saturn Road with their friends. Then they went to Richardson East for a while before returning to HO in 2004. "We love the people here, the elders and their wives, the staff, and the worship services," Carole said. They love the inspirational singing, and describe lead minister Pat Bills as "one of our favorite people." "We are so blessed to have this church as our home and recommend it to anyone looking for a church home," Carole added. And Tim has enjoyed getting back to teaching an adult Bible class.
Tim and Carole are both retired now and love living in Rockwall. When they built their home 17 years ago it was "way out in the country." With Rockwall's growth it is no longer way out in the country, but it is still pretty laid back and they love it. They also love spending time with their grandchildren and reading. Carole gives lots of time to Christian Care Center where her mother lives, and Tim spends lots of time doing yard work and keeping Carole happy--he knows a good lady when he sees one!
And at Highland Oaks we know a good couple when we see one--and we are so glad Tim and Carole came back to us. Real gems, these two are--if you don't know them, you need to meet them. They will enrich your lives with their love for God and His people.