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AUBURNDALE - Mr. Joseph R. Watkins, age 70, a resident of Auburndale, passed away into the Lord's hands Sat. July 12, 2014, at Winter Haven Hospital due to heart failure.
Mr. Watkins was born April 3, 1944, in Athens, OH, to Gail & Naomi Lucille (Mansfield) Watkins. He was an Auburndale resident since 1978 from OH. and he was the owner/operator of Watkins & Watkins Pest Control. He was a past member of Life & Praise Church, attended Haven Church of God, a member of the DAV, American Legion & past member of the VFW in OH. He was a United States Navy veteran and served in the Bay of Pigs. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts where he earned his Eagle Scout medal. Joseph enjoyed the beach, traveling and loved his family dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters Bev & Judy. Joseph is survived by: wife of 52 1/2 years: Elaine Watkins of Auburndale, 2 sons: Rick Watkins of Auburndale, Joe (Loida) Watkins of Winter Haven,
daughter: Kathy (Robert) Weed of Winter Haven, brother: Gail R. (Suk) Watkins of San Antonio, TX, 6 grandchildren: Brittany, Levi, Alexa, Natalie, Austin & Emily, 2 gt. grandchildren: Brayden & Karlei, sister-in-law: Patty (Larry) Brogan of Parkersburg, WV, brother-in-law: Bill (Cathy) Cooley of Athens, OH, many nieces & nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Wed. July 16, 2014 at the Kersey Funeral Home. Interment will follow with Military Honors at Auburndale Memorial Park. Visitation will be held before service from 10-11 AM at the funeral home.
Kersey Funeral Home
108 Lake Stella Drive
Auburndale, FL 33823
Published in Ledger from July 15 to July 16, 2014