OBITUARY

Shirley Lee Watkins

February 23, 1940February 19, 2013
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Shirley L. Watkins, 72, of Chester, AR, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in her home. She was born February 23, 1940 in Bloomer, AR to the late Elmer and Margaret Watson. She was a retired United Steelworker from Rheem Manufacturing in Fort Smith, a farmer, a master gardener, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Terri Watkins; a sister, Margie Payton; and three brothers, Elmer Raymond Watson, Jr., Bobby G. Watson, and Danny Joe Watson.

She is survived by three daughters, Teresa Watkins-Franklin of the Lee Creek Community, Tina Cluck of Evansville, and Tammy Y. Watkins of Chester; two sisters, Clora Schriver and Jane Key both of Van Buren; a brother, James Harold Watson of Chester; six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 25, 2013 at Chester Freewill Baptist Church in Chester with interment to follow at Vaught Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Michael L. Watkins, Eric Cluck, Charlie G. Cluck, Jr., Daniel McDunner, Cody Franklin, and Clay Franklin.

The family will visit with friends on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Edwards Van Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren, Arkansas.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2013

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Virginia roberson

February 25, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Glenda Brown Greb

February 22, 2013

To Shirley's family: Shirley was so well thought of at Rheem. I only had the pleasure of knowing her in passing as we worked in different parts of the plant, but I did know her good enough to know what a good, loving person she was. She was such a hard worker and never complained like the rest of us. I know she will be missed by all of you!

Mary Jo Shelton

February 21, 2013

I did not have the opportunity of knowing Shirley Watkins for long but it was easy to see quality in her and to know what a strong person that she was. She was especially proud of her daughters and expressed that sentiment often. It was a privilege to know her and I think of her often. I hope that I will be able to complete this earthly journey with the dignity and grace demonstrated by Shirley as she faced her final days. She remains in my memory as an example and role model that we would all do well to follow.

I send my thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

February 21, 2013

Shirley was like a sister to me. I am going to miss my visits with her and the long talks we had. She is the main influence in why I built my new house where I did. She was a hard working woman all her life and I admired how well she handled the things life had dealt her. She was a crack shot with a .22 and used to tell me about going coon hunting with her dad. All good memories and I will miss her very much. Time to rest my Friend. Larry Friddle, Chester

AATYC

February 21, 2013

Annie,
Loving thoughts are sent your way at this sad time. We know that your grandmother's presence will be deeply missed by all.

February 21, 2013

Shirley was a Good Friend and Classmate..She was a hard working lady,raising her girls...very loving and thoughtful. She will surely be missed by all,but,will always be in our Memory..Love and Prayers to all of the Family..Mildred(Smith) Sims Class of 1958

carol reeves

February 20, 2013

tammy and family, your mom was like another mom to me growing up. i loved her very very much. i know what you're going through and i'm sorry for your hurt but i know she had a wonderful homegoing! i love ya and i'm here if you need me. carol wescott reeves

Barbara Reese

February 20, 2013

Shirley was my best friend for many years, we worked together at Rheem Manufacture's. We met Aug. of 1983. She has been like a sister to me, I lived away from my family and she became my family. We talked about cooking, singing, church, politics and how to raise Grand Kids and flowers. You know what the saying is about GOD bringing people together for each other, that is the way we felt. We talked about our kids enough that I pretty well know Teresa, Tina and Tammy. Shirley was proud how she raised her family, it wasn't easy by no means but she did it. All three turned out to be nurses, what an accomplishment. When I retired and moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. we kept in touch by phone and internet, I will truly miss her. I find comfort in knowing we will meet again, she'll be waiting for us in HEAVEN. My thoughts and prayers are with her wonderful family and many many friends through this difficult time.

opal owens

February 20, 2013

Please accept my sympathy for your loss of Shirley, may the Lord
comfort your hearts.
Opal Owens

Debbie (Barbs daughter) Reese

February 20, 2013

I'm so sorry for the loss of our dear friend Shirley, I'll keep Shirleys family in my heart and pray God's love and our memories comfort her family and friends through this saddest of times.

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