David C. Watkins, Sr.

Published 8:01 pm Thursday, August 19, 2010

AUGUST 12 – David Comfort Watkins, Sr. was called home to glory on August 10, 2010. Born on April 21, 1917 in Washington, DC, he was the son of Joel Hill and Isabel Rutherford Watkins.

Mr. Watkins graduated from Charlotte High School and Georgia Tech. He was a captain in the Army during World War II, serving 28 months in the European Theater, flying aerial reconnaissance missions over Italy. He was a founder of Virginia Crafts, Inc. and Heidi-Ho, Inc., both in Keysville. He was a councilman and mayor of the Town of Charlotte Court House. He was director of the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, president of the Charlotte County Ruritan Club, and served on the boards of Virginia Episcopal School, the Hampden-Sydney Music Festival, and the Charlotte County Branch of the APVA.

Mr. Watkins was a life-long and faithful member and elder of the Village Presbyterian Church in Charlotte Court House. Among the loves of his earthly life were church, family, tennis, gardening, books, and music.

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He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Margaret Smith Watkins; his children, Margaret Donnell Watkins, David Comfort Watkins Jr. and wife Pam, Elizabeth Watkins Carson and husband Carter, and James Clement Watkins and wife, Allyson; grandchildren, Allison Watkins Pillow, Emily Watkins Hamlett, David Comfort Watkins III, Carrington Leigh Watkins, Scott Carter Carson, Isabel Wyson Carson, Mary Margaret Watkins, and Robert Wease Watkins; and one great-granddaughter, Sidney Clifton Hamlett.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 14, at Village Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to a charity of your choice.

The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, Keysville, is in charge of arrangements.