CPL Gerrick James Watkins

December 13, 1989March 2, 2013

CPL Gerrick James Watkins, Age 23, and his Wife Shardeh D. Watkins along with their 2 Labradors, Scout & Laila, passed away on March 2nd in Oceanside CA, in a tragic car accident.

CPL Watkins was born in Riverside, CA on December 13th 1989 and he lived most of his life with his father & 2 sisters in Carrollton, TX. CPL Watkins graduated from Creekview High School in 2008 and joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating at age 18. He was a decorated and admired Marine that many looked up to and considered a mentor.

Gerrick and Shardeh were married May 8, 2011 and adored their 2 lab's, Scout & Laila. CPL Watkins was a man of presence and when he is not around everyone takes notice. He served his first tour in Afghanistan showing tremendous courage and leadership. During his second tour he traveled around the world training soldiers in Kuwait, & making many other stops in places such as Thailand & Hawaii. CPL Watkins was a dedicated Marine, Son, Brother, Husband, Uncle & Friend.

Before he was anything he was a person dedicated to his family. He is survived by his father, James Watkins, mother, Raven Watkins, grandmother, Della Watkins, 2 sisters, Amanda Watkins & Ashley Watkins, niece, Trinity, along with many other loving family and friends

A visitation will be Thursday, March 14th, at Rhoton Funeral Home 1511 S. I-35 E. Carrollton TX 75006 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 15th, at Covenant Church 2644 E. Trinity Mills Pkwy Carrollton TX at 11:30AM followed by graveside services, with military honors, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The procession should arrive at the cemetery at 2:15 PM (Lane C) for the graveside service at 2:30 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to WWW.WoundedWarriorProject.ORG in CPL Gerrick James Watkins's name. He will always be deeply loved and missed and Hero to all of his family & friends. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Burial Friday, March 15, 2013

CPL Gerrick James Watkins

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C Paul

April 10, 2013

Semper Fi and Godspeed, Corporal Watkins and family. Thank you to the great Texas families that opened thier homes and hearts for the Marines attending from California.

March 25, 2013

miss you brother

March 17, 2013

Our family would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Cpl. Gerrick Watkins and Shar's family.

Alan & Linda Jacobsen

March 16, 2013

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time...Gerrick will forever soar with the eagles.

From the Marines of 3rd Battalion 1st Marines

March 16, 2013

A great thank you to all those who attended the funeral of Corporal Gerrick Watkins i saw a sight i had never seen before.... The people of Texas are probably the most patriotic i have ever met! they recieved us with open arms and offered us a place to stay, food and anything we could want while we are here for the funeral of our brother..

Today, March 15, 2013 was his funeral at the Dallas Forth Worth National Cemetery.... The most interesting part, was our journey their.... We were escorted by the dallas sherif department, they closed down streets, even highways. Through out the entire route from the church to his final resting place, i saw people on the side of the street drop what they were doing face us and put their hands over their hearts,veterans saluting, drivers pulled over turned their headlights on and put their hands over their hearts, ....even though they had never met CPL Watkins they new a Marine had died and they payed their respect as we drove by

Mark Decardenas

March 15, 2013

Our condolances go out to the families of both of Gerrick and Shardeh.All 1000 members of our V F W post 6796 Dallas Texas are thinking about you and your loss.

Tabitha P

March 14, 2013

Our hearts are very heavy here in Maryland for the loss of Gerrick and Shar. What a wonderful young man. I'm so thankful for his service to this country and the love he bestowed on my dear cousin Shardeh and her family. May the Lord bring you all peace and comfort at this time.

Joe and Linda Scoggins

March 14, 2013

Our condolances go out to your family. We are Tylynn Scoggin's grandparents. Tylynn deeply valued his friendship with Gerrick and Shardeh and we thank you for their friendship and mentorship. You raised a fine son who touched many lives in a positive way and will be sorely missed. We know Tylynn is a better man because of it. Our prayers are with your entire family and Shardeh's also.

Justin Shahan

March 14, 2013

Sorry for the loss to both families! He was truly an amazing man and it was an honor to call you my brother! Always love you!

Justin Shahan

March 14, 2013

Rest in peace my brother! Im gonna miss you and love you so sorry to James, Della, Amanda, Ashley, and Raven for your loss! Im here always if you all need anything!