James A. Watkins
Wichita, KS – 87, of Wichita, Kansas returned home to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Jim was born July 12, 1934, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to Chester and Elizabeth Watkins. He had a sister, Betty Jane.
Jim graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1952. After high school he joined the US Army where he served 2 years. He married the love of his life, Eleanor on December 2, 1955. Together they had 3 children Bob, Rebecca and Barbara. They recently celebrated their 66th birthday. Jim worked at Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania for 37 years, where he retired as a manager. He was an active member of the Concord United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He led the choir, served in youth ministry and participated in various leadership roles. He loved Jesus and lived his faith in devotion to his daughter with Down syndrome, his wife and children. He enjoyed spending time with his 5 grandchildren and was an avid golfer. Jim enjoyed spending his time serving others with Habitat for Humanity, youth mission trips, and lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He was an avid and die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, bleeding black and gold.
He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, a son and a daughter.
He leaves his memories to be cherished by his wife Eleanor, daughter Rebecca (Bob) Ingram, grandchildren Heather Watkins, Chad, Emily, Megan, David Ingram, special neighbor Andy Brown and dedicated caregivers April Criner-Shaw and Rutha Williams.
A visit will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, Kansas 67209. A celebration of life will be held Friday, January 28, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, Kansas 67209. A funeral service will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, Kansas 67209.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concord United Methodist Church (Missions), 285 Concord Church Rd. Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 15010.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared at www.ResthavenMortuary-Cemetery.com for the Watkins-Ingram family.
Posted on January 25, 2022
Published in the Beaver County Times