December 1, 1990 - September 17, 2021
Elijah J. Watkins was born December 1, 1990 in Kankakee, IL, the eleventh of twelve children born to Catherine and Edgar Watkins Sr. (Yashua Ashanti). Elijah attended Kankakee School District 111 and later went on to earn his GED. Elijah gave many years of service to Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee, IL where he was a dedicated, dependable and compassionate employee. Elijah was a genuine advocate for the residents and enjoyed working with them. He was never afraid to be a voice for them and was passionate about treating them with dignity and respect. He was currently employed with Meijer Corporation until his untimely death. Elijah loved spending his time reading, bike-riding, working out and engaging in meaningful conversations. He had many talents such as producing music, writing songs, and rapping. Unbeknownst to many, he also had a beautiful singing voice. Elijah will be remembered for his courage, his humor and his amazing God-given smile. He was loved and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his parents; six sisters, Joycelyn Watkins of Minnesota, Lashaan Lott (Manuel) of Kankakee, IL, Lageanna Watkins of Indianapolis, IN, Kaessa Johnson (Frank) of Sun River Terrace, IL, Adoiya Watkins of Minneapolis, MN and Shatevia Watkins of Bradley, IL; three brothers, Edgar Watkins Jr. of Galesburg, IL, Israel Watkins of Kankakee, IL and Ishua Watkins of Waukegan, IL; 24 nieces and nephews; one great-nephew, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Isaac Watkins; one sister, Yasindi Watkins; paternal grandparents, Daisy and Paul Watkins; maternal grandparents, Sarah and Dave Wheeler; four uncles (brothers) Howard and Sammy Wheeler and (brothers) Nugene Sr. and Tommy Watkins Sr. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at New Vision M.B. Church.
Elijah J. Watkins was born December 1, 1990 in Kankakee, IL, the eleventh of twelve children born to Catherine and Edgar Watkins Sr. (Yashua Ashanti). Elijah attended Kankakee School District 111 and later went on to earn his GED. Elijah gave... View Obituary & Service Information
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