Samuel Kelly Watkins

January 12, 1932 - March 3, 1954

01/12/1932 - 03/03/1954

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Visitation
Thursday May 26, 2011
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
8286929188 | Directions
Service
Thursday May 26, 2011
2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
8286929188 | Directions

Army PFC Samuel Kelly Watkins, of Henderson County, was presumed dead on March 3, 1954.

He left for overseas duty on December 25, 1950 to be with the 2nd infantry Division in South Korea. On February 14, 1951 he was presumed captured by enemy forces and taken to POW camp in North Korea. In 1954 a US Army review board pronounced him presumed dead and in 1956 another Army review board declared his remains to be non-recoverable. Through the Korean War Project and DNA provided by surviving family members the remains of Samuel Kelly Watkins were identified.

He was the son of the late Samuel and Bertha Kilby Watkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Blackwell Bolt, Margaret ìVickiî Frady and Patsy Jean Penland and a brother James Donald Watkins.

He is survived by two sisters, Grace Pittman and her husband William and Martha Dell Hare and her husband James; eight nieces, fifteen nephews and several cousins.

He is returned to his home town and will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park following a funeral service at 2:00 PM Thursday in the chapel at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Fort Bragg (Army) Military Honors Support Team. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

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Beth White
8 years ago

I am a teacher at West Henderson HS, and have been amazed with the story of Pfc. Watkins. How very proud I am of him, as well as all of our soldiers, who have served so valiantly for this country. I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am for your family that you now have some closure concerning his death. Rest in that peace, and in God’s grace and mercy.

Joe & Cecilia Shatto
8 years ago

Dear Grace and family,

This day has been long awaited and it is a bitter-sweet situation. He is home.

We will continue to pray for you all during this adjustment time. Jesus has his loving arms around you.a

Dallas and Faye Youngblood
8 years ago

Our condolences to the family. He was so young to have been willing to give his life for our country and for our safety.God Bless all of you.

Larry and Janie J. McKinley
8 years ago

It is such an honor to remember Mr. Watkins and his service to our country.

Thank you for all you did to bring his remains to his home county.

May God bless.