Mr. James E Watkins
October 28, 1931 – October 8, 2018
James Edgar Watkins, 86, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away on October 8, 2018. He was born on October 28, 1931, in Dunbar, Oklahoma. James proudly served in the US Air Force as a flight engineer and retired after 20 years as a technical sergeant. After retirement, he began his second career working for Remington Arms and worked there for well over 20 years. Like the rest of the men in the Watkins family, he was blessed with an “engineering mind”: by simply looking at the mechanics of a machine he could easily repair or rebuild them without much thought. And if he couldn’t fix or build it on his own, he’d head over to the local library and figure it out. James is preceded in death by his parents Maggie and John Watkin; wives: Wilma Jean Wise and Judy Daniels Watkins; sisters: Maggie Lee Watkins and Della Mae Springs; and step-grandson, Jake Morris. He is survived by his son: Michael Lee Watkins; daughter-in-law: Scharain Watkins; step-daughter: Sandy Morris; his long-time companion: Mary Case; and brothers: John Thomas Watkins and Robert Charles Watkins. A Memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 9:30 with a memorial service immediately following at 10 AM, both held at Pinecrest Funeral Home (7401 HWY 5 North, Alexander, AR, 72002). Burial will occur at 1:15 PM on the same day, at Hamilton Cemetery, 4410-4492 County Road 954 Carlisle Arkansas 72024.
- Memorial Gathering Wednesday, October 17, 2018
- Memorial Service Wednesday, October 17, 2018
- Reception Wednesday, October 17, 2018
- Burial Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Mr. James E Watkins
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October 17, 2018
Jim was a wonderful person that we will miss dearly! The world needs more people like Jim and it wouldn’t be so bad! I wish I could have known him longer. He always had great stories to tell about his life. Made the most of it all! Thanks to Mary for being there for him and Patches. Love seeing the pictures posted here. Thanks for sharing! I’m sorry for your loss of a great man.
October 16, 2018
We moved into Mr. Jim's neighborhood 10 years ago. He was the first person to welcome us. Almost 7 years ago we had our daughter Julie. Mr. Jim and Ms. Mary would sit outside and visit and Julie loved to go over and chat with them. He always took time to visit with her and see what toy she was sharing with him that day. Mr. Jim was one of a kind for sure. Our family will indeed miss him.
Joe, Jaime and Julie Yates
October 15, 2018
My memory is from meeting him after he married my Aunt Judy. I remember thinking “finally, a man that truly loves her and appreciates her true beauty, inward and out”. He was so kind to us all. I truly loved him as my uncle and was happy that he seemed to love us all. He often spoke to me about my daddy and the great conversations they had together.
The man I loved will be deeply missed.