Rex Ann Ward

b. 24 October 1931, d. 8 March 1957

Rex Ann Ward, 1949 Southwestern University Yearbook
  • Rex Ann Ward was born on 24 October 1931 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas.
  • About 1937, a photographic family portrait was made of Anna Mae, Rex Ann and Rex Ward.
  • Rex H. Ward and Anna Mae Oliver appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Rusk County, Texas. Other members of the household included Rex Ann Ward. The family was living in the same house in 1935.
  • The following appeared on 3 August 1950 in The Olney Enterprise: Mrs. L. E. Perkins, Mrs. Elmer Perkins, Mrs. Ray Perkins, and Miss Bobbie Jane Atchley of Olney, accompanied by Mrs. Love Perkins of Jacksboro, left for Longview today (Thursday) to attend a tea in honor of Miss Rex Ann Ward, bride-elect of L. E. Perkins Jr. of Olney.
         Mrs. Nell Oliver, aunt of the honoree, was to be hostess at the 4 to 7 p. m. tea. Miss Ward and Perkins are scheduled to be married August 11 in Longview. Miss Atchley will serve in the house party at the reception following the wedding rites, which will be conducted at the First Christian Church.
  • She married Loyd Earl Perkins Jr., son of Loyd Earl Perkins and Bernice (?), on 11 August 1950 in Longview, Gregg County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 17 August 1950 in The Olney Enterprise: Miss Rex Ann Ward Weds L.E. Perkins, Jr. Fragrant white flowers and flame-tipped cathedral tapers blended with the strains of Lohengrin to form the setting for the wedding of Rex Ann Ward and L. E. Perkins Jr. Friday afternoon, August 11, at 5:30 o'clock in Longview.
         . . . Dr. Morris Ford, pastor of the First Baptist Church, read the double ring ceremony. . . .
         The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Ward, 114 Young Street of Longview. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Perkins and grandson of Mrs. O. S. Perkins and the late Mr. Perkins and W. C. Glenn, all of Olney.
         . . . .
         Given in marriage by her father, the bride's ballerina-length . . . . Miss Margaret Alice Zeigler of Longview was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Ann Holloway of Longview and Miss Jerry Pope of Overton. . . .
         Ginger Beth Wallace, flower girl, of Fort Worth and cousin of the bride, wore a frock of . . . .
         Robert Oliver and Roger Pope were candle llighters. Bryan Perkins served his brother as best man, and ushers were Raymond Florany? of Olney, and Bobby Davis, Bill Hilliard and Bobby Struthall of Longview and classmates of the bridegroom at A&M College.
         Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Frazier Hendrix of 114 Young Street. In the receiving line were Mrs. Hendrix, the hostess, Mrs. Ward, mother of the bride, the bride and bridegroom, Mrs. Perkins, mother of the bridegroom, and the bridesmaids.
         The brid's table was covered . . . .
         The bride is the daughter of a prominent Longview family, is a graduate of Longview schools and attended Southwestern University of Georgetown. The groom, son of pioneer residents of Olney, is a graduate of the Olney Public Schools and served 18 months in the Air Corps in Greenland. He was a spring graduate of Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College of College Station, and is employed by E. R. Perkins, oil producer.
         After the reception the newlyweds left for a short wedding trip. They returned to Olney Wednesday, where they will establish residence. . . .
         Among the out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Love Perkins of Jacksboro, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Atchley, Elmer and Ray Perkins, all of Olney.
  • The following appeared on 16 November 1951 in The Longview Daily News: Strollin' Along I Saw . . . Pretty Rex Ann Perkins and her darlng six months old daughter, LeAnn, who are here from Olney for a visit with Thelma and Frazier Hendrix, and a visit to Rex Ann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Ward at Carlisle . . . The baby is a carbon copy of her blonde mother.
  • The following appeared on 21 February 1957 in The Longview Daily News: Mr. and Mrs. Frazier Hendrix were called to Dallas Wednesday night to the bedside of their niece, Rex Ann Perkins, who is reported gravely ill in Baylor Hospital.
  • At the time of her death, her usual residence was in Olney, Young County, Texas, at 706 West Elm.
  • Rex Ann Ward died on 8 March 1957 at age 25 in Dallas, Texas, at Baylor Hospital . Her death was officially witnessed by Loyd Earl Perkins Jr.
  • Her husband Loyd Earl Perkins Jr. became a widower at her death.
  • She was buried at Restland Cemetery in Olney, Young County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 14 March 1957 in The Olney Enterprise: A long fight for life came to an end Friday for Mrs. L. E. Perkins Jr. The 25-year-old Olney housewife died at 5 a.m. at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, where she had been a patient for seven months. She was a victim of a rare blood disease, aplastic anemia.
         Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday from the Olney First Baptist Church by Rev. Leon Christiansen, assistant pastor, and Dr. Morris Ford of Longview. Burial was in Olney Cemetery under the driection of Lunn Funeral Home.
         Concerning Mrs. Perkins' death, the Daily News of Henderson, where her parents reside, stated, "Mrs. Perkins' courageous battle for life had become so well know throughout Baylor Hospital and even the city of Dallas that numerous ministers from all over the city came by to see her, including Dr. W. A. Criswell, pastor of the Dallas First Baptist Church.
         "The Baylor Hospital chaplain described her fight as the bravest he had ever seen and related how several people 'who had never prayed before' joined in prayer for her.
         "Cotton Bowl officials in Dallas made a rare exception of rules and permitted Mrs. Perkins to see the SMU-Texas A&M football game last fall from an ambulance on the field. Such exceptions are seldom ever made at the Cotton Bowl, but such was the notoriety of her courageous battle."
         Mrs. Perkins had some 125 blood transfusions during her illness. Seventy-one pints of blood were donated for her when a bloodmobile from Wadley Blood Center visited in Olney a few Sundays ago.
         Mrs. Perkins was the former Miss Rex Ann Ward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Ward of Henderson. Born October 24, 1931 at Henderson, she was a graduate of Longview High School and attended Southwestern University, Georgetown, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and was a leader in school affairs.
         She was married to Perkins at Longview on August 11, 1950 and they moved soon to Olney, where he is in the oil business. Mrs. Perkins before her illness was a member of the Delian Club, the Home Garden Club and the City Federation of Women's Clubs in Olney.
         Survivors besides her parents and husband are two daughters, Lee Ann and Cynthia, and one son, Tom.
         Pallbearers were Glenn Atchley, Clyde Stuteville, Charles Mitchell, W. M. Hayter, Billy Earl Gilbert and Will Morriss Hannis, all of Olney, and George Reeves and Frank Bond of Dallas. George Hall Roach of Olney was an honorary pallbearer.
  • Last Edited: 1 Aug 2016

Family: Loyd Earl Perkins Jr. b. circa 20 September 1927, d. 28 March 1984