FROSTBURG — Stephen Valentine Watkins, 92, of Frostburg, formerly of Mount Savage, died at Frostburg Village Nursing Care Center on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
Stephen was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Irene Watkins, on July 28, 2004. They were married for over 50 years. He was also preceded by his loving daughter with whom he resided for seven years, Rose Mary (Watkins) Kelley, on July 13, 2011.
Stephen was born on Dec. 22, 1920. He was the son of the late William Watkins and Mary Katherine (Bieletz) Watkins. He was also preceded in death by his four brothers, Richard, Ira, Frederick and Karl Watkins and his only sister, Trennetta Winebrenner. Stephen was the youngest and last remaining member of his immediate family.
Stephen is survived by his sons, George Stephen Watkins and wife Rebecca and Harold Joseph Watkins and wife Rhonda, all of Mount Savage. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sherri A. (Kelley) Getson and husband William, of LaVale, Autumn M. Watkins, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Andrew P. Watkins, of Mount Savage and Daniel J. Watkins, of Millersville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law on his wife’s side, William R. Pratt, of Mount Savage and Alice L. Snyder, of Frostburg and numerous nieces and nephews.
Stephen worked various jobs throughout his life. He worked at Ort’s Bakery and the Allegany County Roads in the early 1950’s. He then worked for a short time at Winter Brother’s Coal Co. He retired from Frostburg State College in 1982 from the Maintenance Department.
Stephen was always a presence in the community. He was active in the Mount Savage VFW, attended St. Patrick’s Church, Mount Savage and he just seemed to know everyone in town. He was an honorary member of the Mount Savage Volunteer Fire Company. He went by many names. He was known as Watsie, Valentine, Steve, Smiley, Hon, Pap and of course, Dad.
As a veteran of World War II, Stephen served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Mount Savage VFW Honor Guard for many years, serving to help honor his fallen military brothers. While in World War II, he was stationed in India and Burma. While he didn’t speak often of his time in the military, he was always very proud of his country and his service.
Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Father Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap. as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Mount Savage.
Military honors will be accorded by Old Rail Post 6025 VFW Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family at durstfuneralhome.comhttp://durstfuneralhome.com.