Martha Frances Watkins
Martha Frances Watkins (Mother), 88, passed into eternal rest August 18, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Favor and Janie Alberta Cason. She was also preceded in death by her husband Henry Lee Watkins, sons Robert Jackson and Howard Anthony, brothers Richard, Jeff and Henry Cason, sisters Sarah Sanders and Susie Simmons. She is survived by her devoted children Mary Lee (Ernest) Harris, Alberta Newman, Joyce Hugle, James Douglas (Lois) Watkins, Juanita Flakes, Joe Patricia Smith, Shirley Faye (Mikel) Smith, Carl Edward (Dot) Watkins, Rick (Wanda) Watkins, Marsha Elaine (Herb) Williams and daughter-in-law Mary Watkins; 22 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren;1 great-great grandchild; sister Christine Wade; sister-in-law Iona Wade; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends and a special caregiver and adopted daughter Tomeka Northington.
Mrs. Watkins will lie in state on Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Rucker Memorial Chapel. Family visitation will be Monday, August 22, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon with funeral to follow at noon at Bethel Baptist Church, Lascassas, TN with the Reverend Freddie B. Carpenter as Eulogist. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Rucker Memorial Chapel, 615-895-2200 or www.ruckermemorialchapel.com