Obituary: Rhodella Anderson Watkins


Rhodella Anderson Watkins, 91, of Poughkeepsie died Jan. 11, 2021.

She was born June 8, 1929, in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas to Orvin and Willie (Shirley) Anderson.

Rhodella was a very loving, caring, and charitable person who was always independent. Along with feeding hummingbirds and any other birds she could, she also loved her dog, Sugar Pie very much. She was a hardworking lady who raised cattle, took care of the farm, and worked as a bookkeeper at Cave City Lumber Co. for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, and babysitting for her neighbors and relatives.

Survivors include two sons, Vaughn Watkins (Debra) of Poughkeepsie and Boyce Watkins (Yvonne) of Fox; one brother, S.W. Anderson (Brenda) of Cabot; two sisters, Alvetta Hatfield of Batesville and Vina Lee Cole of Hereford, Texas; two grandchildren, Twana Watkins and Kandus Chandler; two step-grandchildren, Jared Carlton and Julie Chambers; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Watkins, Grace Chandler, and Kade Chandler; five step-great-grandchildren, Olivia Carlton, Jacob Carlton, Macy Carlton, Isabella Chambers, and Amelia Chambers, as well as several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Rhodella is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Kermit Watkins, and a grandchild, Zachery Watkins.

Graveside services will be Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Powell’s Chapel Cemetery near Poughkeepsie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks and social distancing will be observed.

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