Benjamin Franklin Watkins Jr.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Benjamin Franklin Watkins Jr., 68, of Chapel Hill, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

A native of Covington, Tenn,, Mr. Watkins was a son of the late Benjamin Franklin Watkins Sr. and Bessie Smith Watkins. He was retired from General Motors after 37 ? years in safety and production.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche D. Watkins of Chapel Hill; three daughters, Thelma Watkins of Covington, Diane Watkins of Covington, and Sondra Walls of Chapel Hill; three sons, Benjamin Watkins III of Columbia, Quinton Watkins of Chapel Hill, and Mario Walls of Chapel Hill; a sister, Vickie Watkins of Covington; a brother Paul Watkins of Covington; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Lawrence Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home, with Pastor Marcus Duke and Deacon Benjamin Watkins III officiating.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapel Hill, is in charge of arrangements.