Henry Bradford Watkins, 89, of Gainesville passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.
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Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Watkins, the Rev. Lanair Tatum and the Rev. Frank Spivey will officiate. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, from noon-2:15 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Watkins was born June 28, 1923, in Cleveland, Ga., to the late William and Lena Watkins. When he was 9 years old, they moved to Gainesville, where he lived the remainder of his life. Bradford served during World War II in the Army 689th Ordnance Ammunition Company, and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was retired from the Wm. Wrigley Co. He was a member of First Congregational Holiness Church, Gainesville. Bradford was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, but most importantly, he lived his life as a great example and testimony of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife, Margie Neil Watkins, his parents, and his brothers, Roy Watkins, Lewis Watkins, Vernon Watkins and Ray Watkins.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his son and daughter, the Rev. Tim and Janet Watkins, Gainesville; grandchildren Anna Freeman, and husband Caleb, Cleveland; Emily Freeman and husband Todd, Harvest, Ala.; Will Watkins, Mary Leah Watkins and Seth Watkins, Gainesville; great-grandsons, Casden and Brydence Freeman, Harvest Ala.; his brother, Loy Watkins, Gainesville; and sister-in-laws, Virgina Watkins, Gainesville; and Freda Watkins, Bogart; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the entire staff of Morningside Assisting Living Home of Gainesville for all the love and kindness they showed Bradford during his wonderful time there.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Dec. 9, 2012