Larry Paul Watkins, Sr., 65 of Lake City, passed away after a long illness Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Gainesville VA Hospital. He was born in Graceville, FL and he moved to Lake City in 1996. He was in the US Army
5 years and served 2 tours in Viet Nam and among his medals he received a purple heart
. He loved his country and was a disabled veteran and retired, but would do anything to help someone and always had a smile. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Watkins of 20 years, 2 sons Larry Watkins Jr. and Robert Watkins in Beaumont, TX and 2 step-sons, Raymond Joyner Lakeland, FL and William Joyner, Jacksonville, FL., one sister Mary Lou Crutchfield, Waycross, GA. His parents and 3 brothers Freddie, Robert and Jack predeceased him. He had many family and friends and extended family, Jim and Kathy and Mike Wilkinson. Moring Funeral Home, Melrose, FL will handle his cremation and he will be taken to the Jacksonville National Cemetery October 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a memorial service held for him at Athens Baptist Church, Lake City, FL where he was a member, on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm.