Linda Faye Altman Watkins, 66, of Waycross, formerly of Blackshear, passed away early Wednesday morning, June 24, 2020, at Harborview – Pierce County.

Born in Blackshear October 4, 1953, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life.  She had worked as a manager for Flash Foods (Five Points location) where she had received several awards including Manager of the Year. She then went to work at Wal-Mart where she would retire as a front end manager. For the last several years she had been a homemaker. She loved to shop, listen to music, and watch Shark Tank and over the years she and her late husband, Jerry Rudolph Watkins, had enjoyed traveling — especially to the mountains. She was a proud grandmother and dearly loved all of her babies. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was a daughter of the late Jesse Columbus and Cleo Eason Altman. In addition to her late husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Godwin Heintz and a brother, Eddie Altman.

Survivors include her three sons, Britt (Pearlie) Watkins, Waycross, Timothy Watkins, Blackshear and Chad Watkins (Josie Moore), Blackshear; a brother, Gerald (Lynn) Altman, Blackshear; seven grandchildren, Chelsea, Zeb, Carson, Jaycee, Ella, Eli and Alayna; a great-granddaughter, Jaralynn and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the wearing of face masks is strongly encouraged.  Those who do not feel comfortable attending can still extend sympathy by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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