James "Jimmy" B. Watkins, age 63, of Hannibal, MO passed away at 4:23 am Friday, October 9, 2020, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation celebrating Jimmy's life will be held 5:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
James was born on June 14, 1957, in Hannibal, MO, the son of James "Junior" and Elsie Virginia (Dodd) Watkins.
Survivors include his sons, Robert Ardrey and James B. Watkins, III; daughters, Jamie Sue Bergheger, Nellie Watkins, Sarah Ardrey and Brenda Cole; brothers, Dave Watkins (Sarha), John A. Watkins (Renee), Marvin Watkins (Marqueita) and Stevie Watkins; twelve grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by a special friend, Robert "Red" Kemp.
Jimmy was self-employed as a logger and mechanic. He was a Lutheran by faith.
Jimmy spent most of his time doing what he loved which included logging, and working on old cars and trucks. He also enjoyed building things, welding and the great outdoors. Jimmy's most cherished love was his family and friends and the time spent with them.
Pallbearers will be John Watkins, Jr., Tim Fogle, Keith Lain, John A. Watkins, III, Marvin Watkins, Sr. and Marvin Watkins, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Ardrey and James "JB" Watkins III.
Memorial contributions may be made to Smith Funeral Home & Chapel to assist the family with funeral expenses.
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