Watkins, Edith L. (Cleveland)

Monday, July 15, 2013
Edith Watkins
Edith Watkins

Edith L. Watkins, 91, a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, died on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in a local hospital. 

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; ten 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. 

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Pastor Mark Cameron officiating. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service. 

Her family will receive friends from 5–8 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at Fike Funeral Home. 

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Watkins family guestbook at wwwfikefh.com. 



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