Anna Watkins Loudon, TN Anna Rhea Shirk Watkins died at the age of 88, in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 16, at Maple Court Assisted Living in Powell, Tennessee. Anna was born and raised in Loudon, traveled the US as a Navy wife, and returned to East Tennessee with her family at retirement. Her parents, Bert and Myrtle Brackett Shirk; her husband of 40 years, William D. Watkins; and her brother William "Dub" Shirk, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Dot Alexander of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; her five children and their spouses: Ray Watkins (Linda) of Jackson, Mississippi; Sharon Redus (Kenneth) of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Sandra Watson (Phil) and Ann Watts (Gary) of Knoxville, Tennessee; and Cynthia Cyrece Scott (Kevin) of Loudon, Tennessee; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2-4pm on Sunday, February 19 at Loudon Funeral Home, 2048 Mulberry Street in Loudon. There will be a short service starting at 4:00 pm. Burial will be at Watkins Cemetery in Loudon following the service. Loudon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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