Isiah M. Watkins

Mar. 2, 1940 - Nov. 30, 2017

Isiah M. Watkins, Sr., 77, of Waco, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 9, at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 Dallas St., Waco, Texas 76704. He will be laid to rest with military honors at 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 11, at Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.

Mr. Watkins was born on March 2, 1940, in Bosqueville, Texas, to the late Sue Lee Watkins and Erma Dean Danforth Watkins. Isiah accepted Christ at an early age at Bosqueville Baptist Church, where he later served: in the choir, on the deacon board, and as Superintendent of Sunday School.

He married Alfar Armon on October 31, 1964, in Waco, Texas. They celebrated 53 years of marriage in 2017. To this union, they were blessed with two children: Isiah M. Watkins, Jr. and Phyllis R. Watkins.

Isiah was educated in McLennan County, where he attended A.J. Moore High School and McLennan County Community College. He served four years in the United States Navy and two years in the Navy reserve. He retired from the Government of the United States of America, following 33 years of dedicated service at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Waco, Texas. Isiah and Alfar were co-owners of Watkins Sand, Gravel & Compost.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sue Lee and Erma Dean Watkins; and brothers, Oscar Watkins and Charles Watkins.

He leaves to cherish his memory: loving wife, Alfar Watkins; son, Isiah M. Watkins, Jr.; daughter, Phyllis R. Watkins; sisters, Robbie Neal (Wendell) Betty Hicks (Bobby); brother, Johnny Watkins (Linda); sisters-in-law: Evelyn Watkins and Callie Watkins; two grandsons, Kealyn Oliphant and Colin Watkins; great-granddaughter, Khloe Oliphant; and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.

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My prayers and sympathy are extended to the family and loved ones of Mr. Watkins. Keep your faith in the resurrection promised at John 5:28, 29. Soon God will put an end to all sickness, sorrow and pain. He will also do away with our enemy death as promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26. Pray for God's kingdom to come as Jesus taught us to do. Please be comforted by the words expressed at Revelation 21:3, 4. Remember: God keeps His promises and it is impossible for God to lie!

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