October 2, 1927 - February 11, 2017
Odell Watkins passed away at his home on Saturday , February 11, 2017 at the age of 89.
He was born on October 2, 1927 on the farming community of Sabastapol, MS. to J.J. and Betty Watkins. As a young man he worked on his family’s farm. Although work on the farm was hard in later years, yard work was what he enjoyed doing. He met and married the love of his life, Geneva Doss together they raised a family of 5 children. He worked for International Paper for 35 years retiring in 1989. He was a member of The Sanctuary Church in Pascagoula .
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sara Ruth Anglin; siblings, Willie B. Davidson and Jim Watkins and a great granddaughter, Breanna Faith Pope.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Geneva Watkins; 4 children, Sharon Pope (Steve), Darlene Gabbard (Dean), Dennis Watkins, (Lisa) and Martha Amason (Steve) ; brother, Cecil Watkins; eight grandchildren, Genny Diem, John Pope, Melvin Pope, Marvin Pope, Nicholas Watkins, Rita Conley, Crystal Watkins, and James Amason; 15 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 11 am -12 noon at The Sanctuary with funeral service beginning at noon with Pastor Randy Pate officiating. Interment will conclude at Serene Memorial Gardens. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.obryantokeefe.com