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Allen George Watkins
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Allen Watkins was born Sept 5, 1942, firstborn child and son of LTC. George T. Watkins and Shirley in Berkeley MI. He was raised in Berkeley graduating from Berkeley High School in 1961. From there he graduated from the NYU Bellevue-Mills school of Nursing in 1965, receiving his RN state license in New York, 1965. He then graduated from UPENN in Dec. 1967. He was commissioned as a Naval Medical Officer in the Vietnam War, stationed at Yokosuka Base, Japan. He was honorably discharged with rank of Naval LT officer. He then graduated from Palmer Seminary with his M.DIV degree, and became a Baptist minister with the American Baptist Churches in 1975. He married Barbara Traxler the same year. He moved to Dallas, TX where he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his degree in ST.M. He continued working in nursing until he found his love for teaching nursing at South Texas College for many years. He retired as a college instructor in McAllen, TX. He traveled the world, he loved his family, friends, and all his students and patients. Despite suffering a stroke in 2012, he was able to continue living to see special events such as his daughter’s wedding, her graduation from Duke with a DNP, along with the passing of his uncle Roy in 2013 and his mother in 2017, and Billy Graham just days before his own death. At the time of his passing, he was peaceful and resolved. He died at Flower Mound, TX on March 13, 2018, and he will be buried at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley, MI, on March 24, 2018. He lived 75 years. He leaves behind his surviving family including Brothers Ken and Don Watkins, Sister Joan Sparks, former wife Barbara Watkins, his two children Matthew Watkins and Jennifer Schieferle Uhlenbrock, many cousins, family and friends. He was always jovial in spirit, now rejoices in heaven, relieved from all his earthy pains. He will be forever loved and missed.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 23, 2018 between 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 Twelve Mile Rd. (2 blocks west of Woodward Ave.) Berkley, MI. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial committal will follow at Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, MI.

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072





1:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Cemetery Details


Roseland Park Cemetery

29001 Woodward Avenue
Berkley, Michigan 48072


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