A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. William Curtis Watkins, Sr., age 87, of Camden was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Rev. Jim Burton and Rev. Brent Kendall officiated. The family received friends following the service in Westminster Hall. Dr. Watkins was a member of Bethesda. Memorials may be made to the Community Medical Clinic, PO Box 217, Camden, SC 29020.
Dr. Watkins died Friday, January 18, 2019. He was born in Lee County in South Carolina on April 12, 1931. He was a son of the late Eddie Lee and Emmie Moise Pate Watkins.
Dr. Watkins graduated from Bishopville High School in 1947. He received a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 1953, and his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1957. He completed specialty training in Pediatrics and additional medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and the Medical College of Georgia. He began private practice in Conway, SC in 1960 before moving to Camden in 1965. He retired in 1992 after 31 years in private practice.
He met his wife, the late Joyce Arlene Gibbs, while interning at the Medical College of Virginia where she was a student in the school of nursing. They were married for 57 years at the time of her death.
Dr. Watkins is survived by a son, William C. “Billy” Watkins, Jr. (Kathryn) of Camden; a daughter, Kathleen Frazier Watkins Tallis (Frank) of St. Louis; a sister, Emily Watkins Best of Camden; six grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Watkins; four sisters and three brothers.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left online for the Watkins family at www.kornegayfuneral.com.