Ralph W. Watkins Hustontown, 85
Ralph William Watkins, 85, Hustontown, Pa., died at 2:35 p.m, Saturday, December 15, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born August 22, 1927, in Todd Twp., Huntingdon Co., Pa., he was a son of the late Clarence and Edna (Stains) Watkins. He was married to the former Katherine M. Collins on May 21, 1949. His loving wife of 63 years survives at their home.
He was a devoted father to: Linda J. Fleming and her husband Kendall of Mt. Airy, Md.; Jack W. Watkins and his wife, Linea, of Chambersburg; Sharon L. Eckerd and her husband, Rodney, of Hustontown, and Reta M. Chamberlain and her husband, Mont, of McConnellsburg. He was also blessed and very proud of his grandchildren: Tabrena Lewandowski, Ken- dra Berry, Holly Harper, Philip Watkins, Jennifer Williams, Kristen Watkins, Donald Truax, James Truax and Ryan Chamberlain; 14 greatgrandchildren: Jessica and Brian Lewandowski, Kailey Berry, Elisabeth and Joshua Harper, Tori Witter, Kylee and Parker Watkins, Addisyn and Benjamin Williams, Rosalyn, Lily, Emma and Cassidy Truax.
Also surviving are four brothers: Clarence Watkins Jr., Melvin Watkins, Marlin “Trig” Watkins and Robert “Buddy” Watkins and two sisters: Winifred Worthy and Isabelle Cramer.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Lawrence and Lewellyn; two sisters: June Duvall and Vera Swindell; twin grandsons; and a granddaughter, Amy Jo Chamberlain.
He was a member of Berkeley Springs Church of Christ. For many years he led congregational singing. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid follower of collegiate and professional sports. He was a carpenter by trade. Following retirement, he worked in the lumber department of Lowes in Chambersburg.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at M. R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown. Ed Dyche, retired minister of the Church of Christ, officiated. Interment was made at Union Cemetery, Mc- Connellsburg, where military honors were accorded by Fulton Honor Guard.
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