Morrison B. Watkins Sr.



Mr. Morrison B. Watkins Sr., age 88 of Town Creek Road, Leland died Friday March 15, 2013.

Mr. Watkins was born in Brunswick County on January 6, 1925 and was the son of the late Marvin B. and Mattie Thompson Watkins. He was husband of the late Lillian Rabon Watkins and was also preceded in death by son, William Roger Watkins, granddaughter, Molly Cora Carney and siblings, Curtis Watkins, Alvin Watkins, Marvin Watkins, Harold Watkins, Avis Braddock, Lois Smith.

Mr. Watkins was a U.S. Army Veteran and proudly served his country during World War II. He fought for his country during the Battle of the Buldge serving under General Patton and other campaigns. He was two time recipient of the Purple Heart and earned three Bronze Stars. He was longtime Little League Baseball Coach and help establish American Legion Baseball in Brunswick County. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church.

He is survived by four sons, Morry Watkins and wife Linda of Leland, Don Watkins and wife Barbara of Leland, David Watkins and wife Amy of Lawsonville, NC, John Watkins and wife Cathy of Leland; a sister, Wilma Rochelle and husband Gene of Toano, Virginia; grandchildren, Michael Watkins, Christopher Watkins, Heath Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Freddie Watkins, Laura Nussman, Nancy Whitzel; great grandchildren, Brittany Watkins, Cameron Watkins, Paige Watkins, Hayden Watkins, William Roger Carney, Frederick Whitzel, Molly Michelle Whitzel, Hunter Whitzel, Brayden Watkins, Kennedy Clare Watkins, Caleb Nussman, Jayden Stalling.

Funeral services will be held Monday March 18, 2013 at 11am at Zion United Methodist Church . Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers will be, Freddie Watkins, Michael Watkins, Heath Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Marvin "Sonny" Watkins, Baxter Watkins.

Honorary pallbearers will be, Floyd Henry Jr., Spencer Lanier, Bill Bullard, Tom Maultsby, Joe Best, Nelson Best, Patrick Nussman, Ralph Frazier, Jeff Levasseur, John Pucci, James Davis, Freddie Barnhill, Carter Rabon.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service and other times from the home of Don Watkins, 419 Town Creek Road, Leland.

The family would like to thank Dr. Neil Musselwhite and Dr. Ellis Tinsley Jr. and their staff for their excellent care given to Mr. Morrison for many years.

In lieu of flowers the family ask contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans or Veterans of Foreign Wars or any veterans organization or a .

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White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte 754-3333

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013