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Gregory Charles Watkins, Jr.

October 3, 1982 ~ September 1, 2020 (age 37)


Gregory Charles Watkins Jr., better known as Greg, 37, of Peoria, IL transitioned from this life to his eternal home at 2:10 pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

The third eldest of four children, Greg was born on October 3, 1982 in Milwaukee, WI to Donna Shird and Gregory Watkins Sr. He attended Woodruff High School.

Greg spent his years with a passion for football, particularly the Green Bay Packers, playing chess, and spending time with family and friends.

Greg leaves to cherish his most precious memories his loving mother, Donna of Peoria; his secondary-mother, Miss Betty Duncan of St. Louis, MO; three siblings, Erica Shird of Peoria, Elisha (Jabbar) Williams-Thomas of Decatur, GA, Chris (LaShownda) Watkins Sr. of Phoenix, AZ, and Tacarra Smith of Chicago; five nephews; three nieces; one great-niece; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all loved him and will miss him dearly.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A remembrance memorial will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 12, 2020. To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit


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