The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 2, 2014

Dorothy A. Watkins

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Dorothy An Watkins, age 68, of Webb City, Mo., passed away at 9:49 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at her home.

Dorothy was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Webb City. She was raised in Neosho and returned to Webb City in 1988.  She and her husband owned several Sonic Drive-Ins including a store in Bolivar, Mo. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Webb City. She was also a member of the Redhatters, and she and her husband were involved in a cruise night club. Dorothy also enjoyed playing Bunko.

Dorothy married Charles W. Watkins Sept. 18, 1965, in Neosho, Mo. and he survives. Additional survivors include three daughters, Vicki An Jones and Kimberly Elliston and husband, Daniel, all of Stockton, Mo. and La Donna Robbins and husband, Jimmy, Bolivar, Mo.; one brother, William J. Sprenger, Carthage, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Gladys Sprenger; two brothers, George R. and Herman J. Sprenger; and a grandson, Charlie Watkins.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Webb City with Rev. Kyle Beverlin officiating. Burial will follow at the Pennsboro Cemetery, north of Miller, Mo. Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers will be Aaron Jones, Eric Jones, Jimmy Robbins, Justin Robbins, Daniel Elliston, Dakota Elliston, and Shane McCarley.  Vern Gilbert and William Sprenger will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hedge-Lewis Chapel.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home of Webb City, Mo.

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