OWENSBORO, Ky. - William C. Watkins, 97, of Owensboro, Ky passed away November 13, 2013 at his home. He was born in Millersburg, Ky (Bourbon County) on November 12, 1916 to the late James Wade Watkins and Bessie Miller Watkins. While a resident of Paris, Ky, he was an elder and member of the Ruddles Mills Christian Church. He was also employed at Ardery's Drug Store for 20 years and after the war as well. He served seven years in the United States Army and was a World War II veteran. His tour of duty included being First Sergeant in the China- Burma-India Theater. After the war he enlisted in the Army Reserve and served an additional three years.
In 1957, he was newly employed by Walgreen Drug Company of Chicago, IL as a sales representative. He was then transferred from Paris, Ky to Indiana, PA for four and a half years and assigned a three state territory consisting of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. In 1962 he was transferred back to Ky. He resided in Owensboro while being assigned to the Western Ky, Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois territories. While in Owensboro he became a Ky Colonel and was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was also a member, past president and former song leader of the Friendship Sunday School Class, a deacon, and for several years was a member of the sanctuary choir and chairman of the board for the church day care center. In 2011, he became deacon emeritus at First Christian Church.
In 1981 he retired from Walgreen Drug Company after 23 years of service. During his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, restoring and rebuilding antique pump organs. He was involved as a neighborhood handyman and tour guide taking many tours to Branson, MO and several tours through the New England states, Canada and later he and his daughter took a 19 day cruise to Hawaii. He purchased a handcrafted Raffin Concert Trumpet Pipe Organ and an accordion from Germany. He was a member of the Music Box Society International and attended some of its conventions in Wabash, IN and Medina, OH. He and his daughter performed with the Raffin Organ and accordion on various occasions and for special events throughout the community, as well as the Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, TN and the Alpine Village in Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Margaret L. Watkins; three brothers, Averett Watkins, Jodie Watkins, and James Watkins; and two sisters, Lucille McKnight and Ruth Brown all of Paris, Ky.
Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Jean Watkins at home in Owensboro and numerous nephews and nieces. Carolyn wishes to express her special thank you to all the caregivers from Comfort Keepers and the Hospice staff.
Services are 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Chapel of James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro; with visitation from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday at the Paris Cemetery in Paris, Ky. There will be visitation prior to the graveside service at Hinton Turner Funeral Home in Paris, Ky from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Organ Fund, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 725 Daviess Street, Owensboro, Ky 42303.
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