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George Dee Watkins

Mr. George Dee Watkins, age 86, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born December 29, 1935, in Hartley, Arkansas, to the late George Everett Watkins and Delphia (Sirmon) Watkins Carter.

George worked at US Motors; however, his greatest passion was working his cows and farming. Additionally, he liked riding horses, watching western movies, attending rodeos, and having fun. He was known as an outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting and camping. However, above all else he loved his family.

Mr. Watkins is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Louellen Gruben Watkins of Mena, Arkansas; son, George Dwayne Watkins and wife Bea of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Margaret Denice Smith and husband Michael of Bentonville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Angela Watkins, Brandon Watkins, Colton Watkins, Desiree’ Smedley and husband Tony, Ericka Eaton and husband Brandon, Melanie Allen and husband Joseph, Laura Allen and husband Spencer, Brian Smith and wife Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Noah, Kai’lyne, Janie, Gage, Avery, Grace, Jenna, Grace, Caroline, Calvin and Harper; and by his brother, Danny Lee Carter. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Everett Watkins and Delphia (Sirmon) Watkins Carter, and by his brothers, Ronald D. Watkins and Jerry Wayne Oglesby.

Services for Mr. George Watkins will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Donnie Jewell and Brother Justin Leonard will be officiating the services under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Old Dallas Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. There will be a visitation held December 11, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Gregg Sirmon, Tewayne Watkins, Chris Looney, Tewayne Watkins, Jr., Steve McMellon, Tim McMellon, and Larry Watkins.

Honorary pallbearers are Sam Heath, Glen Pearce, Lee Fountain, Roger Head, and Jim Pearce.

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