Gerald “Jerry” Stinson Watkins, Jr., 86, of St. Augustine Beach, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Flagler Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Jerry was born Aug. 23, 1930 in Carrabelle, the second child of Gerald Stinson Watkins, Sr. and Addie Odom Watkins. Jerry married Kay Moon Parrott on July 13, 1974 in Port St. Joe.
He worked his way through college earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of West Florida. Jerry worked primarily as a chemist until his retirement in 1995. Jerry proudly served our country in the Florida Army National Guard where he obtained the rank of captain. He was active in the Florida Jaycees and various chemical industry organizations.
Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Kay Watkins. His children include Alan Watkins (Betty Ann), Donna Watkins, Nancy Watkins Campbell (Ronnie) and stepchildren Jolyn Lewis (Gentry), Joe Parrott (Lisa), Leanne Ramsay (Steve) and Kathy Maxwell (Michael).
His grandchildren include Eric Watkins, Tommy Campbell (Brandy), Joe Parrott (Melissa), Amy Owens (Bruce), Ben Bishop (Amy), Ryan Watkins (Katie), Anna Elyse Lewis, Jordan Bishop, Sarah Miller (Daniel), Morgan Maxwell, Hannah Ramsay, Bert Maxwell, and Zachary Parrott. “Poppa” was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren and number 10 is on the way!
Jerry was pre-deceased by his parents Gerald and Addie Watkins, and sisters Geraldine Regas and Shirley Trotter, and one brother Collie Watkins. Jerry and Kay’s second career was attending more dance and music recitals, and sports events (baseball, softball, football, basketball, track meets, etc.) than you can imagine. Jerry also enjoyed traveling, boating and golfing with family and friends.
The celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, 385 State Road 207, St. Augustine. A visitation, beginning at 9:30 a.m. will precede the service. A committal service with full military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Alzheimer Association, Central & North Florida Chapter, 2180 W. State Road 434, Suite 1100, Longwood, FL 32779. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at The Grafton House and Silver Treasures Assisted Living.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.