David L. Watkins

David L. Watkins

Vietnam Veteran Was Marine Engine Mechanic

  Watkins, David L., 61, of Rossville, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003 in a local hospital.


A native and lifelong resident of Chattanooga and North Georgia, he was a member of Temple Baptist Church and was a self-employed marine engine mechanic for over forty years. He was a 1959 graduate of City High School, was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Ernie Pyle Chapter 1945 Order of the Purple Heart. Mr. Watkins was also a life member of the D.A.V. National Chapter and the V.F.W National Chapter.


Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Watkins; three sons, David Watkins, Tampa, FL, Andy Harris, Rossville, & Tim Morgan, Soddy Daisy; daughter, Lori Brock, Ringgold; brothers, Maurice Watkins, Birchwood, & Alan Watkins, Decatur, TN; three grandchildren also survive.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Ken Trivette officiating.


Interment will follow in the National Cemetery with the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter # 203 providing full military honors. The Ft. Oglethorpe VFW Post #3679 will serve as active and honorary pallbearers.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Temple Baptist Church Building Fund, 3204 Clio Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37407.


The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 - 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home in Rossville.

Posted on The Chattanooga Times-FreePress website February 10, 2003.