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William F. Watkins, Jr.

April 10, 1926 August 15, 2012
William F. Watkins, Jr.
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William F. Watkins, Jr., departed this life for his heavenly home on the 15th day of August, 2012. He was born in Millen, Ga., on April 10, 1926, the son of the late William F. Watkins and Susie Bone Watkins. His family moved from Millen to Farmville, Va. in 1938. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Norma Soyars Watkins, and his son, Richard Forbes Watkins. He is survived by his daughter, Sally Anne Watkins Bobbitt and her husband, Thomas C. Bobbitt; his son, William N. Watkins and his wife, Jean Penick Watkins, all of Richmond, VA; his daughter-in-law, Donna V. Watkins, of Pawley’s Island, SC, and by his grandchildren, Eddie Watkins of Boston, Henry Watkins, of Richmond, and Andrew Watkins, Lucas Watkins, and Kate Watkins of Pawley’s Island; his brother in law, Carl Soyars, and many nieces and nephews He was a lifetime Christian. He loved the Farmville Presbyterian Church where he had served as an Elder and helped lead the Men’s Sunday School for all of his adult life. Billy was an avid reader and wonderful storyteller who delighted in the company of family and friends. He also cherished Farmville, Virginia where he served as its Mayor in the 1960’s, served as the Town Attorney and had been Prince Edward County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney for over 28 years. He practiced law in Farmville for 50 years. He served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of Southside Community Hospital, now Centra Health, for 36 years. He was proud of his service on the Board of Directors of The Woodlands of Farmville where he, as recently as 4 months before his death, had served as its Chairman of the Board. He had been a member of the Farmville Jaycees, serving as its President and as a State Vice President of the Virginia Jaycees and a member of the Farmville Lions Club for 50 years. He attended VMI, Duke University, and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, receiving his legal education from the University of Virginia. The family is grateful for the loving care and support shown him by all his friends, his family, and the tender care provided to him by the team from Centra Hospice and his care team. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:30 until 8:00 pm at the Puckett Funeral Home in Farmville. A “Home Coming Celebration” will be held in the Farmville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 18, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a grave side service. Billy requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Farmville Presbyterian Church or the Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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6:30 PM 8/17/2012 6:30:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/17/2012 8:00:00 PM
Puckett Funeral Home

115 Covington Court
Farmville, VA 23901

Puckett Funeral Home
115 Covington Court Farmville 23901 VA
United States





11:00 AM 8/18/2012 11:00:00 AM
Farmville Presbyterian Church

200 West Third Street
Farmville, VA 23901

Farmville Presbyterian Church
200 West Third Street Farmville 23901 VA
United States

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Westview Final Resting Place

S. Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901

S. Main Street Farmville 23901 VA
United States

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