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File #: 0168X-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/24/2021 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 9/27/2021 Final action: 9/29/2021
Title: To celebrate the life, legacy and service of Mr. Romie Watkins Jr. and to extend our deepest condolences to his family on the occasion of his passing, Tuesday August 21, 2021.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Shannon G. Hardin


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To celebrate the life, legacy and service of Mr. Romie Watkins Jr. and to extend our deepest condolences to his family on the occasion of his passing, Tuesday August 21, 2021.

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WHEREAS, the members of Columbus City Council extend this resolution of expression to honor the life, legacy, and service of Mr. Romie Watkins Jr. who passed-away on Tuesday, August 21, 2021; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Romie Watkins Jr. was born on February 8, 1932, in Spartanburg, South Carolina to Mr. and Mrs. Romie and Eselle Watkins Sr. - moving to Columbus at the age of 9 - Romie attended Champion Middle School and East High School where he was mentored and coached by William “Cy” Butler; and

WHEREAS, Romie in his early years, was an athlete who enjoyed tennis - however the City of Columbus and his friends will remember him for being a member of the 1951 East High School Tiger State Championship Basketball Team, the first State Championship in the Schools storied history - later Romie received the distinction of being honored by area coaches as one of the top ten greatest basketball players to play in Central Ohio; he was also inducted into the Jump 21 Hall of Fame; sadly none of the members of the East High School State Basketball Championship Team received any scholarship offers; and

WHEREAS, Romie was a member of the East High School graduating Class of 1952; after finishing high school he embarked upon a life of service, becoming a member of the United States Airforce in 1952 serving his country with distinction - Romie, an outgoing person, known for being the life of the party, married the love of his life Ms. Barbara Jeanne Watkins on December 11, 1965; and

WHEREAS, Romie will be remembered for his business skills and ability to build things; he owned and managed Watkins Trash Collection Services which he started in the 1960’s and ran until the 1990’s; he also worked for National Coil, Columbus Metropolitan Housing, and in his social time was an active member of t...

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