Mark Watkins

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Mark Watkins

March 08, 1957 - September 10, 2018

Mark Watkins Mark Thomas Watkins, 61, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Joplin, Mo., passed peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Monday, September 10, 2018.
He was born on March 8, 1957, in Indianapolis, to Ralph and Edna (Johnson) Watkins. Mark was a 1975 graduate of Greenfield High School and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Theology degree from Ozark Bible College, in Joplin. While in Joplin, he was involved with American Rehabilitation Ministries and ministered with Bethel Church near Lamar, Mo. Upon leaving Missouri in 1989, Mark returned to Indiana to minister at Agape Christian Church.  He was also the Director of Christian Mission for the Blind; then for a time he was on staff at Outlook Christian Church and also served as a Chaplain with Hancock Regional Health, Greenfield, Ind.
Aside from his family, Mark's greatest joy in life was leading others to Christ and he demonstrated this through his personal ministry, and his active membership with Outlook Christian Church. He also enjoyed the beauty in God's green earth; spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He was also a big fan of NASCAR.
Mark is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Betty A. (Burton) Watkins; daughters, Heather Watkins, Stacy (Joel) Wanyoike and Bethany Watkins; grandchildren, Zoey and Izaiah Wanyoike. In addition to his parents, Mark is also survived by his siblings, Joyce (Rick) Sowers, Jeff Watkins and Nancy (Reggie) Van Velse.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Church, Lamar. (Located on Highway 126, between Highway 43 and Highway 71.)
Memorial contributions may be made to American Rehabilitation Ministries(Joplin), Bethel Church(Lamar), or Ozark Christian College (Joplin).
Published on January 23, 2019
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