She was retired from Bradley Memorial Hospital and attended Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Buck” Watkins; parents, Frank and Lena Harris Gates; four brothers: Ralph Gates, Bud Gates, Bill Gates and Dink Gates; sisters: Myrtle Lane, Ellen Knox and Rachel Williams; and two great-grandchildren: Jessica Jones and Kristen Jones.
She is survived by four children: Phyllis Hiefnar, Everet Watkins and wife, Lottie, Linda Jones and husband, J.L., and Dean King, all of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren: Steven Watkins, Tiffany Swafford, Twila Jones, Tammy Shubert, Scott Jones, Veronica Taylor, Jeff Jones, Vanessa Farris, Matthew Hiefnar and Angie McNeese; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Melva Wright of Cleveland.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Mark Cameron officiating.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at Fike Funeral Home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Watkins family guest book at www.fikefh.com.