Donald Watkins, Sr., 79

Donald E. Watkins Sr., 79, Wabash, passed away at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at his residence. He was born to the late Adam and Polly (Patton) Watkins on June 11, 1934 in Bosco, Ky.

He married Lorraine Bentley on July 11, 1953; she passed away on Jan. 22, 2013.  He retired from General Tire in Wabash. He attended Southside Freewill Baptist Church.  He was a member of the Eagles Lodge.

He is survived by his sons, Sam (Linda) Watkins, Urbana, Donald (Elizabeth) Watkins, Wabash; his daughter, Shelia (Myron) Bishir, Wabash; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a great grandchild.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Webb officiating.  Burial will follow in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash, Indiana.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash/Miami County Home Health Hospice, 710 North East Street, Wabash, Indiana, 46992.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2013 Dec 06