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Annie Mary Watkins

March 8, 1931 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Annie Watkins Obituary

Annie Mary Watkins

March 8, 1931 ~ February 4, 2024

92 Years Old

Annie Mary Watkins was born in Hickory Valley, Tennessee, on March 8, 1931, to the late Willie and Frank Jones

Her funeral service was held on Saturday February 10, 2024 at 2:00 pm at New Hope MB Church - Hickory Valley with Pastor Arthur McKinnie in charge.  Burial was in the Church Cemetery and Dixie Funeral Home was in charge of the professional service.

Allen White was where she pursued her formal education.

Annie embraced Christianity and became a devoted and steadfast member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a congregation she joined at a young age. Prior to her health deterioration, she was a dedicated member of The Mother Board and served fifteen years as a church secretary.

Mary served as a Dietary Worker for the Hardeman County School System for a duration of seventeen years, namely at Grand Junction Elementary School and Bolivar Elementary School. She derived pleasure from the activities of cooking and baking.

Our community, known as "The Hickory Valley Road," commemorates and pays tribute to the remarkable longevity of one of its members, who has reached the age of ninety-two. Mary had a unique distinction as the sole surviving elder who saw a significant historical event in our town.

Annie Mary was united in Holy Matrimony on June 11, 1952, to the late Deshorn "Pete" Watkins Sr. of Saulsbury, Tennessee. With this union ten children were born and shared a total of seventeen. She was always devoted to her marriage and the perfect example of a wonderful mother and wife. Deshorn "Pete" preceded her in death on September 3, 2010.

Mary was preceded in death by husband Deshorn "Pete" Watkins, parents, Willie and Frank Jones, sons Charles Fason, Gary Watkins, bonus son Justice Watkins, Deshorn Watkins Jr., siblings Franklin Jones, Edward Jones, Charlie Jones, Laura Williams, Violet Morrow, Ellyne Allen, Lou Willie Charles, five grandsons, one grand-daughter, two great grandsons, and one great grand-daughter.

She leaves to celebrate her life, legacy, and cherish precious memories her daughters, Deborah Watkins of Hickory Valley, TN, Shearon (Harvey) Jones of Hermitage, TN, Marilyn (Robert) Hopkins of Cordova, TN, and Frankie Malone of Grand Junction, TN; her sons, Billy Watkins, Ezell (Rosie) Watkins, and Edward (Forrestine) Watkins all of Hickory Valley, TN, Travis (Alma) Watkins of San Pedro, CA, Cornell (Cynthia) Watkins, Ricky (Cheryl) Watkins both of Jackson, TN; bonus children Curtis (Emma) Watkins of Hickory Valley, TN, Margaret Allen of Grand Junction, TN, and James Watkins of Memphis TN; Fifty grand-children; One Hundred-Ten great grand-children; Sixty great great grand-children; siblings, Hazel Bills and Abb (Christine) Jones of Chicago, IL. Joyce Allen-Spight, a dedicated niece; Liller Mae Joy, a sister in Christ; Ricky Brown and Vernell Polk, cherished family friends; and Tawana Watkins-Defreitas and Charline Wilkes, grand-daughters and caretakers, deserve particular recognition and gratitude. 

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February 9, 2024

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Jerome Boyd Chapel at Dixie Funeral Home
750 Bills Street
Bolivar, Tennessee 38008

Funeral Service
February 10, 2024

2:00 PM
New Hope MB Church
New Hope Road
Hickory Valley, Tennessee 38008


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