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Posted: January 11, 2018 3:27 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.

David Jackson “Jack” Watkins, 87, of Columbia, died Sunday, January 07, 2018.  He was a son of the late Nettie Henrietta Hall Watkins and James Henry Watkins, and was a member of Northeast Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Watkins grew up in the Sandy Grove Community of Cassatt, SC, and graduated from Midway High School.   He worked primarily in the heating and air conditioning business.

Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances Cook Watkins; daughter, Beth Latham (Sam); son, David J. Watkins, II; grandchildren, David J. Watkins, III, Mary Elizabeth Watkins, Anna Grace Watkins and Hannah Lynn Godwin Watkins.  He is also survived by former daughter-in-law, Mary Lynn Watkins; step-brothers, Calvin and Lem Faulkenberry; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Watkins; and special nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Watkins was preceded in death by his brothers, James Ernest Watkins, William Roy Watkins, and Walter Vance Watkins; stepmother, Mattie Blanche Watkins; step-sister, Grace Fail; nephew, Michael Watkins; and niece, Phyllis Thomas.

The memorial service for Mr. Watkins will be held 2 o’clock, Wednesday, January 10th, at Northeast Presbyterian Church with Dr. George D. Crow, III officiating and the Reverend Eric Walter assisting. Burial will be private.   The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 o’clock at the church and at other times at the home. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road, Columbia, SC  29223

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