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Gregory M. Watkins, Sr.

May 10, 1947 ~ September 19, 2021 (age 74)

Obituary

Gregory M. Watkins, Sr.

May 10, 1947 – September 19, 2021

 

Gregory Michael Watkins, Sr. a.k.a. “Ducky” of North Providence, Rhode Island, was called home peacefully at the Orchard View Manor Nursing Home with his daughters by his side.  He was the husband of Debra (Normandin) Watkins. 

Gregory was born in Baltimore, MD on May 10, 1947 to the late James Ellsworth Watkins, Sr. and the late Mary Ann (Soares) Watkins.  Gregory is survived by his two daughters Dawn and Denise Watkins both of Providence, RI and one son Gregory Watkins Jr. of Florida, two step-sons, Damond and Tyrone Normandin of New Bedford, MA.  He is survived by his siblings Veda Thomas of Providence, RI, Anthony “Bibsy” Watkins of North Providence, RI and Clifton (Donna) Watkins of Warwick, RI.   He is survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Gregory is preceded by his siblings Ronald, James and Jeffrey Watkins.

Gregory served as Private – E1 in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Bronze Device 1960, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart with One Oak Leaf Cluster, in honor of his bravery and faithful service.  Following his career in the army he worked in the construction industry for 25 years.  He was a musician, an avid bass player and he played the bass guitar in several bands.

Gregory will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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Services

Viewing
Tuesday
September 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bell Funeral Home, Inc.
571 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

Funeral Service
Tuesday
September 28, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Bell Funeral Home, Inc.
571 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

Burial

RI Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
301 S County Trail
Exeter, RI 02822

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