Linda Faye Sapp Watkins, 71, of Mershon, passed away late Saturday evening, October 26, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Patterson, November 11, 1947, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life. She had been a seamstress for Julie Hat Co. for many years before taking on the job of full -time grandmother. She loved tending her roses and willow tree as well as enjoyed a breeze and hearing her chimes sing.  She loved her family dearly and opened her doors to many.

She was a daughter of the late Parnell and Betty Lou Dixon Sapp. She was also preceded in death by two nephews, Ovie Robert “Bubba” Sapp Jr. and Brian Ashley Thornton.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jerry Clyde Watkins, Mershon; two daughters and sons-in-law, April and Angel Hernandez and Christel Watkins and Mark Johnson, all of Mershon; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy Clyde “Peewee” and Sherry Watkins, Offerman; six sisters, Wanda Sue (Shelton) Rigdon, Bristol, Carol (Donnie) Watkins, Mershon, Bonnie (Bud) Thornton, Anita (Eddie) Teston, May (Ray) Douberly and Joanna (Timmy) White, all of Patterson; four brothers, Larry (Susie) Sapp, Patterson, Bobby (Margaret) Sapp, Richmond Hill, Dexter Sapp, Blackshear and W.T. (Susan) Sapp, Mershon; eight grandchildren, Jerry Tyler Watkins, Jeremy Caleb Watkins, Jadan Mathew (Hannah) Johnson, Elyssa Grace Hernandez, Bryce Taylor Johnson, Mark Kacee Johnson, Emily Socorro Hernandez and Jonah Angel Hernandez; four great-grandchildren, Elijah Tyler Watkins, Bailey Gail Bryant, Anna Jade Elizabeth Watkins and Adaline Faye Watkins and a fifth great grandchild on the way, Bentlee Kayde Johnson and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Memorialization is by cremation. 

Memorials may be made to Comfort Care Hospice at 88 Heritage St., Baxley, GA  31513

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

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

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