William “Billy” Earl Watkins, 70, of Hamburg, passed away peacefully at his home on February 6, 2020, with his son Chris by his side.
Mr. Watkins was born in Bastrop, Louisiana on September 20, 1949. He was a graduate of Fountain Hill High School and a member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church.
At the age of 18, Mr. Watkins began working for Georgia Pacific and retired as a B operator in the pulp mill after 44 ½ years.
Mr. Watksin loved the outdoors, playing softball, fishing, and deer hunting, but turkey hunting was his passion. He was a turkey hunting guide in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa and competed in and judged turkey calling competitions for many years. He was a relentless hunter and enjoyed sharing his passion with his kids or someone else’s whether it was assisting them with proper gear or personally taking them to the woods, he loved helping others share in the experience.
Mr. Watkins was a kind-hearted, respectful, Christian man who enjoyed visiting with friends and could easily make people laugh with his one-liners.
He was a family man who loved his grandchildren and was beyond proud of his son, Taylor, for serving in the Marines. He was a man of integrity and someone who was very gracious to anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeff Carr.
He is survived by two sons, Chris “Chico” Watkins (Jennifer) of Hamburg and LCpl Taylor Watkins of Crossett; a daughter, Melissa Carr of Little Rock; his mother and stepfather, “Lil” and Paul Carr of Milo; a brother, Gary Doss (Pam) of Fayetteville; a sister, Jean Davis of Bastrop, Louisiana; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 10, at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, 803 Ashley Road 95, in Hamburg. Bro. Keith Boseman will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Services have been entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.