Resting in the Saviors arms.
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Joseph Watkins was born on January 4, 1945, in Conecuh County, AL. He is one of several children born to the union of Sterling and Mary Langham Watkins. Joseph accepted Christ at an early age and attended the New Centennial #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Repton, AL, with his family.
He made an honest living working in the Pulp Industry. Operating Heavy Equipment, Joseph gave many years of his life working in the Wood yard at International Paper Company. He was the proud and happy father of five children. A loving father Joseph, found peace in the simple things of life; fishing and hunting.
He was educated in the public schools of Conecuh County. Before he could complete his education, he drafted into wartime service in the United States Army. Joseph diligently served his county, with pride and honor, during the Vietnam War. After devoting his young, adult life to the armed forces, he received an Honorable Discharge and returned home a hero.
In the morning hours of Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Joseph succumbed to his illness. His gentle heart gave way to rest and he traded this earthly place for a mansion in the sky. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: Lucy Andrews, Elmer Watkins, Sr., Mary Watkins, and Roosevelt Watkins; one niece: Kertina Stallworth; and two nephews: Elmer Watkins, Jr. and Terrance Watkins.
A lifetime of memories shall be forever cherished by his children: Pamela Richardson of Evergreen, Alabama, Erica Fountain of Peterman, Alabama, Joseph J. Watkins of Huntsville, Alabama, Calvin (Tanya) Watkins of Monroeville, Alabama, and Tommy (Andrea) Watkins of Millbrook, Alabama; two sisters: Alice Faye Wiggins of Frisco City, Alabama and Jessie Ree Watkins of Repton, Alabama; seventeen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other loved relatives, and many friends.
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