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Velda Janell Waldrop Watkins

Velda Janell Waldrop Watkins, age 78, of Vandervoort left this life for her eternal heavenly home on Wednesday, May 13 th , 2020. She was born the daughter of R. C. and Flossie Tilley Waldrop in King, Arkansas on December 26 th , 1941.

She was a member of Vandervoort First Baptist Church since she was 12 years old, where she filled many roles over the years including playing the piano and organ and teaching all ages of Sunday School classes.

She loved reading, gardening, music, cooking, and writing books, and most of all spending time with her family. She was a loved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend.

Preceded in by death by her father R.C. Waldrop, her mother Flossie Waldrop, and a granddaughter Emma Cumpton.

Left to mourn her: One brother, Dale Waldrop and wife Pam of Fordyce, Arkansas; Four children, John G. Watkins and wife Merisa, Gloria Strother and husband Nick, James Watkins and wife Janet, and Regina Cumpton and husband David all of Vandervoort; Ten grandchildren: Paige Lee and husband Kenny of Dierks, Arkansas, Ethan Watkins and wife Sarah of

Vandervoort, Jared Strother of Vandervoort, Kevin Strother and wife Whitney of Keota, Oklahoma, Jordan Strother and wife Karlie of Carthage, Texas, Brian Strother of Vandervoort, Jessica Salley and husband Josh of Converse, Louisiana, Morgan Watkins and fiancé Nate Looney of Monticello, Arkansas, Garrett Watkins of Vandervoort, and Cara Cumpton of Vandervoort; Nine great-grandchildren: Logan Lee, Parker Watkins, Kashlyn, Adeline, Nicholas and Jake Strother, and Addison, Aliza and Adalida Salley. And many more family members, friends and loved ones.

Service will be graveside, Center Cemetery, Hartley, Arkansas, Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Roy Brooks and Bro. Aaron Anglin officiating.

Pall Bearers will be grandsons: Jared Strother, Kevin Strother, Ethan Watkins, Jordan Strother, Garrett Watkins and Brian Strother.

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