Samuel Hardin Watkins, Sr., 86, passed away December 25, 2013 at home. He was the son of the late Henry Samuel and Annie Lydia Crawford Watkins. He was a machinist by trade and worshiped at Emery UM Church. He was preceded in death by siblings Annie Huddleston, Grace Batts, Mabel Burns, Alice Douglas, Louise Johnson, Juanita Scott, Jim Watkins, Raleigh Watkins, Walter Watkins and Robert Watkins; and five children: Kenneth, Samuel and Richard Watkins and Terry and Richard Gooch.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn F. McKnight Watkins and sister, Lillian Davis of Murfreesboro, TN. He is also survived by children: Lillian W. Malone, Melvin T. Watkins (Lyda), Patricia A. Stallings (Vernon, deceased), Donald K. Watkins (Katie), Ronald K. Watkins (Nancy), Hardin Gooch (Martha), Jerry Gooch (Donna), and Vera G. Frazier (Nathaniel), 43 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He will lie in state at Rucker Memorial Chapel from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Visitation will be Monday, December 30, 2013 from 11 am to 12 noon with funeral to follow at Rucker Memorial Chapel. Reverend Virginia Yeargins will officiate and Reverend Kenneth Edmondson will be the Eulogist. Burial at Emery Cemetery, Murfreesboro, TN. Services have been entrusted to Rucker Memorial Chapel. 615-895-2200