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Obit – Mr. Billy Watkins Sr.

A Defeated Creek Community resident and longtime resident of the Kempville Community, Mr. Billy Watkins Sr., died peacefully at his Defeated Creek Highway home surrounded by his loving and caring family. He was pronounced deceased by Caris Hospice of Livingston at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday evening January 10, 2024.

A funeral service to celebrate Mr. Watkins life was scheduled for Saturday afternoon January 13th at 1 p.m. from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Eld. David Turner presided. Interment followed in the Gazebo Garden at the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Watkins was the fifth of nine children, five daughters and four sons, born to the late Hugh Tenton Watkins who died at the age of 57 on December 30, 1972 and Anna Bell Dunn Watkins who died at the age of 48 on July 1, 1967 and was born Billy George Watkins in Russellville in Logan County, Kentucky on September 10, 1946.

Two sisters preceded him in death, Vara Watkins Cornelius, Emma Dian Watkins Parks, and three brothers, Walter Hugh Watkins, Dunn Ray Watkins and Dale Alan Watkins.

Mr. Watkins was a member of the 1964 class at Springfield High School in Springfield, Tennessee.

In Ringgold, Georgia on October 12, 1965, he was united in marriage to Russellville native, the former Mary Margaret Sears.

Mr. Watkins was a veteran of the United States Army.

The Watkins family relocated to the Kempville Community from the New Middleton Community in 1985 and had recently sold their Gladdice Road home and moved to the Defeated Creek Community.

He was retired as a plumber and pipefitter with the Dillingham and Smith Company in Nashville and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local # 572.

Mr. Watkins was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in the Tanglewood Community. He dedicated his life to Jehovah in Baptism on July 4, 1975.

His love and desire were to witness to all and make Jehovah’s name known and to preach about his son, Jesus Christ, and the heavenly kingdom and the government that will bring peaceful conditions to all floral square mankind. He made this and his family his focus in life.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary of over fifty eight years are their four children, daughter, April Watkins-Doeg and husband Ernie of Medford, Massachusetts, three sons, Daniel Watkins and fiancée Gina Reed of the McClures Bend Community, Billy Watkins Jr. of Gordonsville, Nigel Watkins of Wartburg; seven grandchildren, Harlan and Asher Doeg, Jaxon Watkins, Mary Claire Watkins and Delainie Sue Watkins, Mia and Macy Dyer; three sisters, Margie Lee Lindsey and husband Charles , Vicky Fuller and husband Charles, Becky Sue Haywood and husband Jimmy all of Macon, Georgia.

“Billy was deeply loved by his children and his wife considered the two of them to be soul mates. He charmed everyone who met him. He was also well known by many for his passion for bluegrass music.”


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