Phillip's Story

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Phillip D. "Bud" Watkins, of Sharon, passed away unexpectedly in the emergency room at Sharon Medical Medical Center on Jan. 8, 2018, after an extended illness. He was 82.
Phillip was born in Farrell on May 5, 1935, the son of the late Theodrick and Christina (Lee) Watkins. Marion Watkins helped raise him after his mother passed away at an early age. He graduated from Farrell High School in 1954 and went on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He worked as a pipe tester at the Sawhill Tubular plant for many years before retiring in 1995. Bud was an avid Steelers fan. He enjoyed music, spending time with his family, especially around the holidays, and he loved his country very much.
On Oct. 5, 1979, he married Estella (Root) Watkins. She survives him at home. Also surviving are his two daughters, Tracy Root and her companion, Marvin Woods, and Estella Peterson and her husband, Kenneth; his two sons, Buddy Root and his wife, Marlia Straussberger, and Phillip Root, all of Sharon; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Phillips of Sharon; his two aunts, Virginia Price of Farrell and Norma "Pooch" Root; an uncle, Donald Lee of Sharon; and a long-time friend, Carl Somerset of Sharon.
Donations in his memory may be made to the family through the funeral home or to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Phillip D. "Bud," 82, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (1-14-18) at HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon. Condolences to the family may be expressed by visiting stevensonfuneral home.net.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday (1-15-18) at the funeral home, with Elder Linda Moss-McDougall of the Greater New and Living Way Temple of Sharon officiating. Military Honors will be presented at the funeral home by the Farrell, Wheatland, West Middlesex Honor Guard.
Burial: Cremation services provided by the funeral home.
Published on January 12, 2018
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