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Joel Perkins August 26, 1959 - December 27, 2021

Joel (Joe) Marsh Perkins, age 62 of Nixa, Missouri passed away

unexpectedly, Monday, December 27, 2021 in Cox South Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born August 26, 1959 in Denver, Colorado the son of Melvin Perkins and Audrey (Smalley) Perkins. Joe was raised in Racine, Wisconsin and spent most of his adult life traveling the country.

A friend to all, Joe always knew at least one person in any city or state. He was an amazing son, brother, and uncle but where he really shined was as a father and a papa. While Racine would always be home, coming home sometimes meant home was in many states as “home is where the heart is” and Joe’s heart was with those he loved. Joe was happy, but after almost a year of working towards recovering from COVID he was tired and ready to see his mom again. He was happy to be able to spend the holidays with several of his grandsons and every moment will now be a cherished memory.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother Audrey Juanita Johnson and his father Melvin Perkins. Joe leaves behind his children Desiree (Dan), Ashley, Marcia (Josh) and Jacob (Allie), as well as his sisters, brothers, and many beloved grandchildren. There are also many other friends, family members and friends who became family. Joe will always be remembered for his sarcasm, quick-witted humor, and ability to make anyone laugh.

Cremation services are under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Memorial information will be made available at a future date. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com