James “Jim” Jackson Watkins, 74, of Mulberry Grove, died at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at his home.
He was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Drew, Miss., the son to the late Martha (Warmack) Poehling and James J. Watkins.
On June 25, 1961, he and Virginia “Vicky” Mathewson were married in Mulberry Grove. She survives in Mulberry Grove.
Jim was a retired contractor with AT&T.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth M. Watkins of Raymond and Victoria J. (Matt) Joseph of Springfield; two sons, James C. (Melissa) Watkins and Michael R. Watkins of Mulberry Grove; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia (Bob) File of Coffeen, Mary (Jerry) Acuff of Florida and Marsha Poehling of Edwardsville; and a brother-in-law, Denny Castleman of Greenville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother and a sister, Margaret Castleman.
The family will hold a memorial service at a later date in Mulberry Grove.
Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory may be found online at www.wojstrom.com.