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.