Jessie Lavern Watkins, 75, departed this life on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital.

He was born on March 23, 1945, in Sumter County, a son of the late Ashby and Bernice Jackson Watkins.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Watkins will be placed in the church at noon on Sunday for viewing until the hour of service.

Family and close friends of Mr. Watkins will celebrate his life at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, SC 29150 with Pastor Cheryl G. Johnson officiating.

Masks will be required of family and friends.

Interment will follow at Dicks Cemetery.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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