June 22, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:00 P.M. Freshwater, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
James E. Watkins, 89, of North Lewisburg, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 in Spring Meadows Care Center, Woodstock, Ohio.
He was born September 1, 1922 in Greenup, KY the son of the late Kell and Agnes (Traylor) Watkins.
James enjoyed and was proud of his gardening knowledge and experience which always resulted in his gigantic sized tomatoes and overwhelming produce. He loved to spend time with his family.
He is survived by his sons, Tommy R. (Marilyn) Watkins of North Lewisburg, Cletus Everett (Sherry A.) Watkins of Okeechobee, FL, Virgil Ellis Watkins of Cable & Elmer Lee (Carolyn) Watkins of North Lewisburg; daughters, Bonnie L. (Don D.) Miller of Mingo, Marita Turley of Chillicothe, Jane (Phil) Sockman of Mt. Sterling and Iva Jewell (Gary) Coy of Bloomingburg, OH; 22 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nora Belle (Sexton) Watkins (65 years of marriage); a son, Charles Ray Watkins and a son-in-law, Donald Turley;
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in the FRESHWATER, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, North Lewisburg, Ohio. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Frank Summerfield officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, North Lewisburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 3085 Woodman Dr. Suite 200, Dayton, OH 45420. Condolences may be expressed to www.vernonfh.com.