I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”
2 Timothy 4:7
Mr. Willie Askins Sr., son of the late Henry and Sarah Simmons Askins, was born on March 24, 1920 in Florence County. On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, he departed his earthly life and entered into eternal rest at Mcleod Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Askins attended the public schools of Florence County and as a young man he did farm work with his father. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War 2 stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He received an Honorable Discharge.
After returning from the war, he went back to farming where he continued for about 30 years. Mr. Askins loved fishing, hunting, and baseball. His favorite team was the Yankees. After farming, he worked at Bob Bywater Toyota, Associated Realty and Vulcraft, where he retired from in 1987.
At an early age, Mr. Askins was a member of Central Baptist Church . In 1963, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He repented and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the gift of the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:38. At that time, he became a member of Greater Gethsemane Apostolic Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop L.E. Swaringer. He later moved his membership to Mount Sinai Holiness Church where he was on the Deacon Board and sung on the Senior Choir. He was a faithful member until his health started declining.
Even at his age, he was still studying God’s word and seeking truth through the scriptures. He would teach and talk about God’s word to anyone he came in contact with. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; Lula Mae Peterson Askins, a son; Wilson Sims, a sister; Bessie Leecost, granddaughter; Melissa Nicole Askins, grandson; Andrew D. Askins, stepsons; Johnny Scipio and James Scipio Jr., stepdaughters; Lula Mae Scipio Parrott and Isabella Scipio McAllister.
Left to cherish precious memories are two sons; Willie Askins, Jr. and Henry Askins both of Florence, SC. Two daughters; Bessie (George) Askins Mason, of Florence, SC and Corrine Robinson of Jamaica Queens, New York. Two step daughters; Ellen Scipio Davis of Florence, SC and Georginna Scipio of Philadelphia, PA. One stepson; Moses (Gladys) Scipio of Florence, SC. A special granddaughter; Nika Farmer. Special great-grandchildren; Nicholas Askins, NiKoyah Farmer, Niemah Johnson all of Florence, SC and Gabrielle Askins (Shelton) Jenkins of Orangeburg, SC. Thirty-one grandchildren, sixty-three great-grandchildren, and fifty great-great grandchildren. Two sisters; Lousise May and Sarah (William) Briggs all of Florence, SC and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.