Raymond F. Watkins

Raymond F. Watkins

Thursday, February 15th, 1934 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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RAYMOND F. WATKINS, 86 of Delta, PA died on Monday, September 21, 2020 in his home following a brief diagnosis of lung cancer. Married on June 25, 1955, he was the beloved husband of Phyllis Louise (Poff) Watkins for over 65 years.

Born on February 15, 1934 in Pylesville, MD, he was one of eight children born to the late Edmund Jarrett and Oleato (Bush) Watkins and a 1952 graduate of North Harford High School. Ray enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years. During his service, he was out to sea for four years and served as a hospital corpsman. Following retirement from the military, he worked for the former Southern States in Whiteford, MD from 1972 – 1980 followed by 16 years working as a guard for Edgewood Arsenal.

Ray was very well known and loved in the Delta community, having served as mayor from 1977-1981 and was a familiar face as he daily waked through town greeting everyone with a smile. Actually, he walked so much his children and the community called him, “The Walking Man.” Ray was a faithful member for 20 years at Slateville Presbyterian Church where he had served as an elder and trustee.

Ray was active in BSA in 5 different states and Gitmo, Cuba filling positions from cubmaster down (he always said, “the boy is at the top.”) to district commissioner. He was a good man who loved his family, church, country and Chevies.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:
Two children-
Thomas R. Watkins (Karen) of Manchester, PA
Steven M. Watkins of Emmitsburg, MD

Nine grandchildren: Damon, Ross, Douglas, Alisia, Ashley, Celest, Megan, Jennie and Callie

Six great grandchildren: Trae, Kyleigh, Maya, Addison, Brooklyn and Scarlett

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane L. Watkins and his siblings: William (Bill), Jarrett, Marshall, Famous, Albert, Mildred and Marion Watkins.

A private family service will be held at Slateville Presbyterian Church followed by the inurnment with military honors presented by the United States Naval Honor Guard in North Bend Cemetery, Jarrettsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate memorial contributions to: Delta Senior Center, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta, PA 17314 or Mason Dixon Community Services – Suite 2 of the same address.
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A celebration of life service will be planned in the future. The United States Naval Honor Guard will present military honors to reflect the dedicated and proud service for 20 years to his country.


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Mary & John Weston

Posted at 12:24pm
Dear Phyllis and family,
I am heartbroken to hear about Ray’s passing. He had such a wonderful way - he always was kind and friendly to all of Delta and surrounding folk. We will all miss him!
We will hold you and the family in our hearts and be praying for you for comfort in this sad time.


Posted at 07:26pm
Mr Ray was always so nice he would walked down main st... And just smile and say hi.... R.I.P mr Ray

Kristen McAllister

Posted at 07:26pm
Sending many thoughts to Phyllis and family. We had the joy of talking to Mr ray almost every warm day for the past five years as he walked by my house on his daily walks. Mr ray will be truly missed by my family. He was an amazing man and shared many past stories of his life with myself and my husband. My children grew to waiting to see him everyday as well and would worry when he wouldn’t walk that day. Mr ray was a great man and will be missed.

Karen Heaps

Posted at 07:20am
Sending lots of hugs and kisses to the family. Mr. Ray was a very special man. He was always doing something for someone and I loved passing him in Delta walking on the sidewalks. As well as him harassing me at the flower shop. He always had a motive he was there to get flowers for Phyllis💕

Foutz Chiropractic

Posted at 10:35am
We are truly sorry to hear of Mr. Watkins passing. He will be missed at the office. We will be praying .

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