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WILMINGTON — Andrew Jackson Watkins III, age 68, of Wilmington, died on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington.

He was born Oct. 12, 1948, to Andrew Jackson Watkins Jr. and Rosa Lea Watkins, who both preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Watkins.

Mr. Watkins was a general contractor and had previously retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with 25 years of service.

He is survived by a daughter, Kristen Fitzgerald, and her husband, Jason, of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Andrew J. “AJ” Watkins IV of Wilmington, NC; a sister, June Brown of Carolina Beach; his brothers, Wayne Watkins, and his wife, Helen, of Rocky Point, N.C., Dale Watkins, and his wife, Karen, of Wallace, N.C., and Tex Watkins, and his wife, Brenda, of Rocky Point, N.C.; a granddaughter, Jackson Watkins; and his grandsons, Hudson Fitzgerald and Sawyer Fitzgerald.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at Scott’s Hill Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Phil Ortego officiating. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Scott’s Hill Baptist Church, 185 Scott’s Hill Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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