Wayne G. Watkins

Wayne G. Watkins

Friday, June 8th, 1945 - Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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SFC, Wayne G. Watkins, U. S. Army retired, 74, of Dawsonville passed away Tuesday October 29, 2019 at his residence.
Born June 8, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio, he had lived in Dawson County since 2004 having moved from Hinesville, GA. Wayne retired as a Sergeant First Class from the U. S. Army where he served for 20 years. He served 2 tours in Vietnam as a Combat Infantryman and was awarded 21 medals including the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. Wayne was very active in the Vietnam Veterans of America and first joined the VVA Savannah Chapter # 671 in 1992. He helped organize and founded the Liberty Chapter #789 in Hinesville and the Dawson County Chapter #970 in 2005. Wayne served in leadership positions in each chapter where he was a member and also served two terms as President of the Georgia State Council and on the Conference of State Presidents at the national level. Mr. Watkins was a graduate of Leadership Dawson and was very active in many organizations that serve Dawson County as well as the surrounding counties. He served as a deacon of Grace Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Carol Watkins, Dawsonville; son, Scott Watkins, Texas; and a grandson, William Scott Lavalliere.
A memorial service will be held Friday November 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church. Rev. David Jordan will officiate.
Interment services will be held Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Georgia Nation Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 201, Dawsonville, GA 30534, or to the VVA Chapter #970, P. O. Box 1205, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
Condolences may be expressed at
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 11:00am
    Grace Presbyterian Church
    170 Georgia 9
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  • Interment

    Georgia National Cemetery
    1080 Veterans Cemetery Road
    CANTON, GA 30114
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    Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m.


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Miriam and Paul Hudson

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First Presbyterian Church of Hinesville, Georgia

Posted at 01:38pm
Please accept our condolences from First Presbyterian Church of Hinesville, Georgia. Wayne was an integral part of our Congregation for many years and we are truly sorry to hear of his passing. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, may God give you the peace that you seek knowing Wayne is at rest in Christ our Lord. May our prayers help comfort you as we pray for God's strength to sustain you during this difficult time and the comfort that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and that He will take care of you.

Martha Shaw

Posted at 02:01pm
Wayne was a worker and did well in whatever he committed to do. Wayne served our country in a very difficult time and did all he could to help other veterans in his civilian role. I shall miss seeing Wayne at Grace Presbyterian Church. Wayne was ALWAYS a GENTLEMAN to me.

Sampie W. Smith

Posted at 09:20am
My condolences Carol and Scott. Wayne had a a caustic sense of humor but I always appreciated his patriotism and love for the VVA. I also appreciated service as an elder at First Church in Hinesville.

I wish I could a attend services up there but my health does not support it. God bless and keep y'all.

Dana Loring

Posted at 08:37pm
This man always made us laugh .One of the faces always there to welcome us at church... we have sad and heavy hearts today. Prayers and love ❤️ The Lorings

Anna Rose Posted at 12:25am

Waiting on Wayne at Waffle House and talking with Wayne every time. he came inn was always such an enjoyment he was so caring would do anything he could to help anyone he will be greatfully. Missed Anna Rose

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