Erma Lee Watkins

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mrs. Erma Lee Watkins, 91, of Leachville, passed from this life Friday April 22, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Born near Valley Springs, Ark., she was the daughter of the late J. Neff and Rena Beck Hammons and was a 1937 graduate of Valley Springs High School. She had been a Leachville resident since 1949 and was the widow of Arnold Watkins. Mrs. Watkins was a retired secretary for the Leachville Public School System and was a longtime member of the Leachville First United Methodist Church where she was active in the nursery and Sunday school department for many years.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Jo Hammons.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Watkins of Jonesboro and Don Edwards of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter,

Annette Beach of Leachville; a sister, Sue Williams of Fayetteville; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was 1 p.m. Monday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Doug Criss officiating. Burial was in Leachville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Craig Edwards, Brian Beach, John David Watkins, Quintin Carter, Brandon Michael, Mark Johnson, and Ronnie McFarland.

The family received visitors Monday from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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