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Bertha “Tinker” Lillian Watkins

Mrs. Bertha “Tinker” Lillian Watkins, age 95, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, in Vandervoort, Arkansas. She was born August 2, 1927, in Vandervoort, Arkansas, to the late William Frances Daniel and Mary (Brun) Daniel.

            Mrs. Watkins was a woman of many talents and interests. She loved playing cards, completing word searches, going to the Wickes Senior Center, and attending family reunions and get togethers, a lot of which she hosted. Additionally, she was a fantastic cook and loved going swimming in the river, where her children and grandchildren practically grew up. She wished to be known for her quilting talents, making many beautiful quilts over the years.  She had many professions over the years, some of which included the Renova Shirt Factory, Lane Poultry, Vandervoort Post Office, and driving the school Pickup for many years. She was a lady of faith, and when she was able, she attended the Methodist Church in the morning, and the First Baptist Church at night. Whenever the church doors were open, you could find “Tinker” in attendance.

She is preceded in the death by her parents, William Frances Daniel and Mary (Brun) Daniel; husband, Dale Watkins; brother Dolan Daniel; sisters, Margie McDaniel, Hilda Davis, Leota Larson; and by her children, James Morris Watkins, and Phill Darris Watkins.

She is survived by her son, Larry Gerald Watkins and Linda; daughter, Mary “Tooter” Leandra Putty; grandchildren, Tewayne Gerald Watkins and wife Paula, Melita Lynelle Watkins Green and husband Steve, Kyle Dale Putty, Lucas Wade Watkins, Clayton Lee Watkins and wife Debra, Catelin Maye Watkins, Jackson Isaac Watkins; great-great-grandchildren,  Erica Hopper and husband Ryan, Andrea Watkins, Tewayne Gerald Watkins, II, Toby Watkins, Kiann Green, Mace Green, Sage Green, Kensleigh Watkins, Talynn Watkins, Eliza Watkins, Ryden Hopper, Rhett Hopper, and Rossen Hopper; brothers, Douglas Daniel of Red Bluff, California, Jimmy Daniel of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; sister, Phyllis Fernandez of Red Bluff, California; special nephew, George Watkins; daughters-in-law, Cindy Jean Watkins, Cindy Faye Watkins; and self-adopted grandchildren, Deedee Alston and Jason Randall.

Services for Mrs. Bertha “Tinker” Watkins will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the First Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas.  Brother Roy Brooks will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Center Cemetery in Hartley, Arkansas. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers are Brad Davis, Don Youngblood, Hershel Bell, Jimmy Watkins, Dwayne Watkins, and Jason Randall.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bruce Cureton, Bill Barrett, and Steve Dearing.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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