James "Wendell" Watkins, 89, of Mooresville died on March 12, 2012.
He was born to Elmer and Ruth (Thacker) Watkins on Nov. 3, 1922 in Bloomfield.
He was a World War II Army veteran. James "Wendell" Watkins married Berniece (Thomson) Watkins on Dec. 28, 1946.
Wendell was a truck driver for TMX Trucking in Indianapolis for 26 years, retiring in 1979. Previously, Wendell was a courier for Bloomfield State Bank. Wendell was a 50-year member of Mooresville Masonic Lodge 78, Mooresville VFW 1111, Mooresville Order of Eastern Star 260 and Mooresville American Legion 103. Wendell has lived in the Mooresville/Camby area for the past 49 years and his birthplace of Bloomfield for 40 years.
Wendell is survived by his wife of 65 years, Berniece (Thomson) Watkins of Mooresville; two daughters, Marilyn (Melvin) McClellan of Camby and Linda (Richard) Summers of Plainfield; four grandchildren, Laura McClellan, Keith Summers, Shelby McClellan and Kelly Summers; seven great grandchildren, Wesley, Aaron, Evan, Sophie, Paige, Sam and Noah; a brother, Jack Watkins of Brownsburg, and a sister, Mabel Maners of Ellettsville. Wendell is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ruth (Thacker) Watkins; a grandson, Kenneth Summers; a brother and four sisters.
Calling for Wendell will be from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 and 9-10 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. Charles Paxton will officiate the 10 a.m. funeral service on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Jones Family Mortuary. Wendell will be laid to rest in West Newton Cemetey.
Website and online condolences: www.jonesfamilymortuary.com