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Mr. Watkins B. Duggins, Jr.

Monday, March 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Watkins Bernard Duggins Jr. went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Mr. Duggins was born in Greenwood, MS on November 8, 1927. He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1967. During the Korean conflict he served in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer. Upon his return, he earned a degree at Mississippi Delta Junior College. After that he received a BS Degree in Business Administration Cum Laude from Belmont College in Nashville, TN. While there he served as President of the Baptist Student Union. He taught Distributive Education in Mobile, AL while pursuing a Law Degree at Mississippi College School of Law, formerly Jackson School of Law. He also did graduate work at the University of Alabama. In 1967 he moved to Vicksburg where he practiced law until 2011. For many years he was a member of the Civitan Club. He served several terms as President and as the Lt. Governor of Civitan for the State of Mississippi. Crossway Church, previously Bowmar Avenue Baptist Church, was his church home. For many years he was Director of an Adult Sunday School Department, a Deacon, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Youth Committee. Mr. Duggins is preceded in death by his father, Watkins B. Duggins Sr., his mother Willie Barrentine Duggins, and his sister, Eloise Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Duggins, four daughters, Laurel Ingraham of Braslton, GA, Karen Lawrence (Michael) of Pascagoula, MS, Mary McKay (Jim) of Brookhaven, MS and Debbie Ratcliff (Clinton) of Brookhaven, MS: a son of David Irby (Monica) of Stockbridge, GA/; a brother Clayton Duggins of Mobile, AL, a sister Juanita Garrard of Lake Charles, LA; and sixteen grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Crossway Church 1825 Highway 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180 and to Gideons International P.O. Box 140800 Nashville, TN 37214-0800 Cemetery Details Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery 191 Hwy. 80 Vicksburg, MS, US

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