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Tobye Ruth Bindes Watkins, 68, of Savannah, Georgia and wife of the Reverend Dr. Samuel William Watkins, died Friday morning, May 31, 2019, at Hospice Savannah.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Louis Lloyd Bindes and the late Sarah Edith Rosner Bindes. Tobye was a founding member of Temple Oseh Shalom in Bluffton, South Carolina. She was a retired registered nurse.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Harris Markowitz.

Surviving are her husband, the Reverend Dr. Samuel W. Watkins of Savannah, Georgia; one son, Adam David Markowitz and his wife, Antonia, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; one sister, Marcie Bindes of Brunswick, Georgia; one brother, Howard Bindes of Michigan, and two grandchildren, Kyle Markowitz and Sara Markowitz.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Lay Rabbi Bob Weiner and the Reverend Nathan C. Godley.  Interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances:  Temple Oseh Shalom – Post Office Box 3935, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910 or Trinity United Methodist Church – 225 West President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

Online Condolences

  1. Roy Willcox says:

    Sam and family,
    My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. May our Heavenly Father grant you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

  2. Ron Chandler says:

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Ron and Becky Chandler

  3. Chuck McManus says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss Sam. May God touch and comfort each of you.

  4. Kathy Beaumont says:

    So sorry for your loss, Sam. Prayers for you and your family.

  5. David reynolds says:

    My deepest sympathy to you & your family Sam
    You are in our hearts & prayers

  6. Jane McAdoo Strickland says:

    So sorry for your wife’s passing. Prayers for you.

  7. Margaret Smith says:

    Sam, so sorry for your loss.Steve and enjoyed being with Tobye and you at the lunches with The Telfair. Squares.You and your family are in my prayers.

  8. George Wilcher says:

    You and our family will be in my prayers

  9. Elaine Berg says:

    Sam, you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

  10. LaVerne D. Alexander says:

    Rev. Watkins and Family: My prayers and condolences on your loss. I (we) will miss Tobye’s many insightful discussions during our monthly C.U.R.E. Book meetings. May God strengthen you and your family.

  11. Gary and Tammy Smith says:

    Sam, Gary and I hold you close in our hearts and prayers. Condolences to you and your family.

  12. Margaret & Bob Stretch says:

    So shocked and sorry to hear of Tobye’s passing. Our condolences go out to the whole family. She always had a great spirit and will be missed.

  13. Joanie and Dennis Ammons says:

    Sam and Adam and family I am so sorry for your loss. Tobye was a wonderful friend and colleague to me. She was always full of spirit and oh how she loved purple! There is no one else like her – she will be missed. My deepest sympathy, Joanie Ammons

  14. Barbara Fultz says:

    Sam, Adam and family – so sorry to hear of Tobye’s passing. We shared many lunches together. We all, our nurses group, will miss her. She always at a bright outlook on everything. She was our friend and colleague.

  15. Patricia Collay says:

    My condolences to the family. Please read Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
    The former things have passed away.”


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