Malcolm Madden Watkins

COLUMBIA - Lt. Col. Malcolm M. Watkins, USAF (Ret.), 87, died Friday, December 22, 2017. The family will celebrate Lt. Col. Watkins’ life at a later date. Born in Charleston, S.C., he was the son of the late Samuel Thomas and Lucia Small Watkins. He graduated from The Citadel in 1951 and was a Life Member of the Association of Citadel Men. Lt. Col. Watkins served 20 years as a career officer with overseas tours in Germany, France, Iceland and New Zealand. He was a Life Member of The Retired Officers Association. After his retirement from military service in 1971, Lt. Col. Watkins was employed by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). He retired from SCDHEC in 1992 after 20 years of service. Lt. Col. Watkins was a member and former Deacon of Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, William G. (Bill) and Joy Jones Watkins, of Blythewood; daughter and son-in-law, Sally W. and Joseph E. (Buddy) Wallace, Jr., of Roscoe, IL; sisters, Alice Northey, of Casper, WY, and Ruth Rourk, of Frisco, TX; and grandchildren, Jay Wallace and his wife, Anna and Stuart Wallace and Kayleigh Hovland of Charleston, Hunter Watkins of Lexington, and Erin Watkins of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Sarah Louise Wallace and Sullivan Ryan Wallace. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah Woodall Watkins; his second wife, Jean Nicholson Watkins; and a son, Thomas Woodall Watkins. Memorials may be made to The Citadel Development Foundation, 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409; or Forest Lake Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 6500 N Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29206. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at


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Malcolm Madden Watkins

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Ruth Watkins Rourk

January 2, 2018

My Big Brother, Mac, was a man of honor and integrity. His legacy will always be his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being his sister for 80 years was a privilege.

Derek Saxby

December 27, 2017

Bill and Joy
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Celebrate his life.
Derek and Lesley Saxby

December 26, 2017

Bill and Joy I am sorry for your loss and pray for you and your family to receive strength from God to get through this trying time.


December 26, 2017

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.isaiah41:10-13

Mike Miller

December 25, 2017

Bill,sorry for your loss.He was a good man who I respected a lot. God bless.Mike and Debbie Miller

December 24, 2017

Bill, with a father that was a Citadel graduate and a wife named Joy, I knew this had to be your dad. Condolences from Patsy and me.

John Nutt