YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mrs. Betty J. Watkins, 79, of Youngstown, departed this life on August, 23, 2016 at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Pasadena, Maryland.
Born January 10, 1937 in Coosa County, Alabama to James McKinney Jr. and Lucille McKinney.
At the tender age of 10 she moved to Youngstown along with her parents and her younger sister, Gladys.
She attended Youngstown City Schools and graduated from North High School in 1957.
Betty worked at McGuffey Centre, Inc. for 27 years as a Secretary/ Receptionist, Office Manager, and Bookkeeper. She also worked at the Youngstown Crime Prevention Resource Center as a Vista Coordinator and assisted the Youngstown State University Center for Urban Studies with operations and management of the Crime Prevention Resource Center. Betty was an advocate for the Domestic Violence Program, organized the Block Parent Program for Sheridan Elementary School to insure the safety of children. Betty also worked as a receptionist for the Oak Hill Renaissance Place.
She had been a member of the Price Memorial AME Zion Church since 1948, where she served as a Young Adult Missionary and was president of the Mission for 4 years.
Betty married the love of her life Hardy Watkins on December 10, 1957 and to this union two sons were born, James Watkins of Yakima, Washington and Samuel P. (Lisa) Watkins of Bowie, Maryland.
Betty enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She traveled throughout the United States and overseas to Belgium, Holland, France, and Germany.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, James A. Watkins of Yakima, Washington and Samuel (Lisa) Watkins of Bowie, Maryland; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Earl, Ashley Hatton, Brittney Hatton, Samuel Watkins II, Jamar Watkins, and Matthew Watkins; 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Carwell of Campbell, Ohio; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lucille McKinney; and husband, Hardy Watkins; and brother-in-law, James Carwell.
Friends may call Friday, September 2, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Price Memorial AME Church.
Funeral services will follow immediately at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, September 7 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX