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James E. Watkins

February 2, 1939 ~ January 13, 2021 (age 81)


James E. Watkins, 81 years old, a resident of Plymouth since 1979, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth.  Jim was born on February 2, 1939 in Spencer, IN to the late Wendell H. and Freida (Pearcy) Watkins.  On November 23, 1960 in Mooresville, IN, Jim and Carolyn Moore were united in marriage.  Carolyn preceded her husband in death on October 6, 2019.  Jim was a talented welder and worked in sales and service in the vending machine industry. 

Jim is survived by his two children, Janet (Charles) Hinton of Argos, IN and Chad (Amy Grove) Watkins of Etna Green, IN; and one granddaughter, Regan Watkins.  Along with his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Jay E. Watkins on August 8, 2015; twin granddaughters, Hannah and Heidi, on May 7, 1997; three sisters, Jane Burkett, Mary Jo Brinson, and Phyllis Nichols; and one brother, Robert Watkins.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Palmer Funeral Home, within the Palmer Community Center, 601 N. Michigan Street, Lakeville.  Johnny Shoffner and Gary Lee Brinson will co-officiate.  A private burial will be held at Tyner Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of James E. Watkins may be donated to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN  46617, American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th Street, Unit 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278 or to National Kidney Association of Indiana, 911 E. 86th Street, Unit 100, Indianapolis, IN  46240.  Online condolences may be offered to the Watkins family at 

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January 16, 2021

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Lakeville Chapel
601 N. Michigan Street
Lakeville, IN 46536

Funeral Service
January 16, 2021

2:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Lakeville Chapel
601 N. Michigan Street
Lakeville, IN 46536


Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend IN 46617
Tel: 1-574-232-4121

Alternate mailing address: P.O. Box 1835, South Bend, IN 46634

National Kidney Foundation- Indianapolis
911 E. 86th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis IN 46240

American Heart Association-Indianapolis
6100 W. 96th St., Unit 200, Indianapolis IN 46278

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