WATKINS, SR., HOWARD G, - 88, A lifetime resident of Northfield passed away, Sunday, December 30, 2018, in his home with family by his side. Honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1953, he worked as a union carpenter until retiring. He then enjoyed his retirement working at the clam shipyard in Atlantic City. Among his plethora of hobbies, were gardening, wood-working, shell-creations, and a passion for his “numbers” for the lottery & Publisher’s ClearingHouse. He joins his wife, Margaret, to watch over his surviving three brothers; Kenny, Joey, and Coleman and two sisters; Marion and Joan. He is survived by his three children, Margaret Russell of Egg Harbor Township, Howard G. Watkins Jr., and Deborahann Velez, both of Northfield, nine grandchildren; Pennie Lynn, Christopher, Christine, Tracy, Tiffany, Devon, Tina, Carey, and Michael; eleven great grandchildren; Brittany, Ashley, Tommy, Andrew, Zachary, Jordan, Jilisa, Jade, Anna, Julia, and Zelie; and one great-great grandchild; Ellie, and his side-kick cat, Athena.
A viewing will be held on Friday January 4, 2018, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road, Northfield. On Saturday morning, at St. Gianna’s Beretta Molla Parish Church, 1421 New Road, Northfield, a viewing will be held from 10 am to 11 am followed by a Christian Mass, the Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays landing. Arrangements by and condolences at www.adams-perfect.com