Billy Wayne Watkins, 79, of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
He was born March 7, 1938 in Madison, a son of the late William Howard and Dorothy (Waddle) Watkins.
He married Margaret Faye (Champion) Watkins on June 3, 1957 in Miami, Oklahoma and she survives.
Bill has worked in commercial refrigeration for 54 years and has included four generations including his father, two sons and three grandsons.
He loved watching vintage western movies and was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, he is survived by a daughter, Debbie Watkins of Gillespie; three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Wayne and Tami Watkins of Gillespie, Ronnie and Sharon Watkins of Gadsden, Alabama and Todd and Renita Watkins of St. Peters, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren, Courtney, Hilary, Scott, Tiffany, Lori, Lynsey, Sarah, Jacob, James, Jonathan, Stephen, Timothy, Susanna, Thomas, Justin and Janae; eighteen great grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Billy Champion officiating.
Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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