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Loreta Watkins

Jul 26 1918 - Oct 30 2009

Loreta Watkins, age 91, of McKinney, Texas, passed away October 30, 2009, in McKinney. She was born to parents Fred Andrew Lytle and Etta Crowder Lytle on July 26, 1918 in the Milligan Community, Collin County, Texas. She married J. B. (Pete) Watkins on May 27, 1939 who preceded her in death after 51 years of marriage on September 22, 1990. Loreta spent most of her life in and around McKinney. She was a devout Christian throughout her life; always a witness for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Loreta was employed by Haggar pants factory for twenty-seven years where she led morning devotions there may times throughout the years. She was always ready to witness for the Lord when called upon or led by the Spirit. Loreta had a natural talent for music and loved to play the piano. She started playing on an old pump organ before she could reach the pedals and her older sister and brother pumped the organ for her. The old pump organ was traded in on a piano and she was playing tunes before she started to school. Loreta never took a music lesson but was called to play the piano for revivals in different churches throughout Collin County most of her life. She always had a great love for the scriptures; reading and studying daily. Loreta was a source of information for family and friends when certain passages were needed. She taught Sunday school for many years. Loreta was always ready to do her part and go the extra mile to help others in need. She was a devoted wife and mother and a special sweet sister. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her. Loreta will also be greeted in Heaven, not only by her husband and parents, but her infant son, Junior Watkins, three sisters, infant, Minnie Irene Lytle, Uvea Georgie Amm and Jimmie Beaver, and brother, Otis Valdee Lytle. What a great “Round Up’ it will be when we all get to Heaven. She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Eugene Watkins and wife, Janice of Windom,Texas and Benny V. Watkins and wife, Bridgett of Fairview, Texas; eight grandchildren, Jeff Watkins, Tresia Godbey and husband,Steve of Bonham, Texas; Brina Watkins of McKinney, Joe Watkins and wife, Rhonda, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jason Watkins and wife, Brandi of Dodd City, Texas, John Watkins and wife, Mel of Florida, Rory Cole Watkins of Farmersville, Texas, and Colton Zeke Watkins of Fairview; eleven great-grandchildren, Travis Godbey, Cody and Morgan Culverhouse, Joseph Kyler Watkins, Kayliegh Michelle, Austin Tyler Watkins, Josh and Dylon Watkins, Erick and Ryan McGinnis, Haley Michelle and Jacob Cole Watkins; and twin sister, Almeta Lentz of McKinney, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at Fitzhugh Cemetery, Forest Grove Community. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 Monday evening at the funeral home.
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