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LAKELAND - Russell K. Watkins, widower, aged 90, died peacefully in his sleep on March 3rd, 2018. He was born and raised in Louisville, KY.
In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Afterward, Russell attended the University of KY receiving a degree in Engineering. In 1963, Watkins and his family moved to Lakeland.
He is survived by his daughters Patty Hintz, Debbie (Russell) Barnes, Terri Watkins, and Jackie Petrey and step daughters Jamie (Rob) Marcario, Juli (Shane) Clayton, 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Russell was an honorable man of Christian faith, adored by his loving family and highly respected by those who knew him.
Funeral services are being held at Gentry Morrison Southside, 1727 Bartow Rd on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm with a viewing at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers make donations to Cancer Research.


Funeral Home
Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes - Southside Chapel
1727 Bartow Road
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 688-7679
Published in Ledger from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2018
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