Rena Mae Watkins

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Rena Mae Watkins, 61, departed this life to eternal peace on May 3, 2011. She was born February 26, 1950 in Madison, Florida. Her parents, Predy Lee Watkins and Addie Mae Watkins-Ryan preceded her in death. She attended Richardson High School and was a graduate with the class of 1968. At an early age she joined Grand Chapel A.M.E. Church, and later as an adult, she attended New Bethel Baptist Church, Lake City, Florida. Before her health failed, she was employed by Richardson Day Care, Lake Shore Hospital and the Medical Center. Rena loved her family dearly and her pet "Sheba". She was very proud of her grandchildren and would support them in all of their endeavors when she could. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, knitting, and crossword puzzles. Rena is also preceded by one sister, Arlene Green.
She leaves to cherish her memories, a loving and devoted partner for thirty-one years, Robert Nelson; four children, Latonia Griffin (John), Alkesha Gray, Ymekkico "Shawn" Gibson (Anthony), Al Nelson (Trisheka), all of Lake City, FL; twelve grandchildren, Albert Coker, Jr., Marqueze Coker, Octavious Buiey, Jr., Albneisha Coker, Vincent Gray, Malik Gray, David Watkins, Willie Swophire, Anna Gibson, Anthony Gibson, Jr., Avery Nelson, Alan Nelson, all of Lake City, FL; three great-grandchildren, Synniah Watkins, Cha'matria Coker, Gaige Williamson, all of Lake City, FL; seven sisters, Barbara Graham, Winter Haven, FL., Cynthia "Pumpkin" Carwise (George), Bartow, FL, Vickey Coffer (Freddie), all of Winter Haven, FL, Darlene Ham, Tampa, FL, Anna "Candi" Davis (Henry), Lukaraen "Me Mamma" Ham, all of Winter Haven, FL, Latonia Chamberlain (Bernard) Albany, GA; two brothers, Gregory Ham (Verneka), Terrance Ryan (Sabrina), both of Winter Haven, FL; one aunt, Johnnie Mae Kamma (Lavell), Gainesville, FL; seven special cousins, Macy Wilson (Joe), May Nell Bailey (Timothy), Joe Frazier (Susan), Margeret Donaldson, Frankie Jean McCoy, all of Lake City, FL, Clarence Douglas, Jr., Johnny "Yogi" Douglas (Therasa), Vanessa Kelsey, all of Gainesville, FL; one special friend, Wayne Robinson; hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
A celebration of Rena Mae's life will be held 4:00 P.M. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. 550 NE Martin Luther King Street. Lake City, FL.
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday, May 13, 2011 at the funeral home.
Arrangements entrusted to Combs Funeral Home. 292 NE Washington Street. Lake City, FL. (386) 752-4366. Marq Combs-Turner, L.F.D. "The Caring Professionals"
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Published in Lake City Reporter on May 12, 2011