James “Jim” Watkins

James “Jim” Watkins, age 74, of Mulberry Grove passed away Tuesday, March 3 at his home. A memorial service for 74 year old James “Jim” Watkins will be held Saturday, March 21 at the First Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove.

He was born Sept. 29, 1940 in Drew, MS 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: 2 daughters, Elizabeth M. Watkins of Raymond, IL and Victoria J. (Matt) Joseph of Springfield, IL, 2 sons, James C. (Melissa) Watkins and Michael R. Watkins of Mulberry Grove, 8 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Virginia (Bob) File of Coffeen, IL, Mary (Jerry) Acuff of FL and Marsha Poehling of Edwardsville, IL and a brother-in-law, Denny Castleman of Greenville, IL.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother and a sister, Margaret Castleman.

Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City is in charge of arrangements.