Thomas G. Watkins, Jr.

Thomas G. Watkins, Jr.
, 53, of Swansea, IL, born Monday, July 1, 1957, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Mr. Watkins worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Saint Henry Catholic Church.

Surviving are his

  • Father: Thomas G. Watkins, Sr. of Belleville, IL 
  • Mother:  Helen Soucy of Belleville, IL
  • Brothers:
    • Richard (Joann) Watkins of Smithton, IL
    • John (Karen) Watkins of Belleville, IL
    • Gary Watkins of Belleville, IL
    • Charles Schroeder of St. Louis, MO
  • Niece: Erin Watkins
  • Nephew: Richard X. Watkins
  • Dear Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Many Friends

Tommy loved to spend time with family and friends and lived life to the fullest.

Special Thanks:  The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Memorial Hospital and Dr. Ringhofer for their care and compassion.

Memorials:  Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital or Saint Henry Catholic Church - Mass.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 3-8 pm, Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 am on Saturday, March 12, 2011, from Kurrus Funeral Home for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Saint Henry Catholic Church, with Father Kenneth York officiating. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

Condolences left for Thomas G. Watkins, Jr.:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family. Not only was Tom a great neighbor he was a dear friend.

    Rich and Ava Carr Swansea IL 62226

    Tommy - Spending time with you when I came home was one of the things I most looked forward to. I just wanted to say that I will never forget you & the fun times we have had together over the past 34 years. Thanks for always making me laugh, introducing me to wonderful friends & for being a part of my life as a life long friend - I will miss you terribly! My memories of you will never fade - you have always had a place in my heart & that is where they will remain. As we have accustomed to saying over the past year - goodbye for now.

    Love You!!!!!


    Wanda Tampa FL

    I went to grade school with Tom at St. Henry's. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's entire family during this difficult time.

    Lisa Jaeckel Miller Belleville Illinois 62226

    Tom and I were hired on the same day at the Post Office in East St Louis, Aug. 20,1983. We often joked about how we turned things around for the P.O. At work Tom was what we call a T-6 (short for Carrier Technician)because he worked five different routes. That meant once a week we worked side by side in the office. On those mornings we pretended to be ESPN analysts to the amusement of our coworkers. Our favorite topic of discussion were the Cardinals, in particular Tony LaRussa. I would always project to defend Tony while Tom would just crucify him. It was hilarious. Tom will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to his family. John5:28,29; Acts 24:15


    James Turner East St Louis IL 62205



    Helen,We would like to express
    our condlences to you and your
    family on the loss of your son.

    Love Barb and Bill

    Barbara and Bill Riechoff belleville Illinois 62220

    Helen and Family,
    Our sincerest sympathy to you on the loss of your son. These losses have plagued the Soucy family much too often. We will keep you in our prayers, and hope that your memories of Tommy will give you the strength to carry on.
    Mary Anne & Greg Warnecke

    Mary Anne Warnecke Belleville IL 62226

    Helen & Tom, you and your family have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I know from experience how your hearts ache and how Tommy's absence will always be felt by the two of you and your family. You are, and have been, in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourselves.

    Joan Cange Florida 33935