Ms. Emma Lee Watkins was born on June 27, 1956 in Patterson, MS to the late Willie James Watkins and Ema Lee Dorsey-Laury. She was later adopted and reared by a loving stepfather, the late James Laury. Emma Lee departed this life on August 16, 2021.
Emma Lee attended Jackson Public Schools, and graduated from Jim Hill High School. At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and was a member of Greater Love Temple under the leadership of Elder Stephen Dennis.
Emma Lee was infamous for “being out, living her life!” She entered a room with infectious laughter, a joyful spirit, and a request for food. Emma Lee was known as a pool shark, a keen card player, and charismatic storyteller. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren
Emma Lee was in a longtime relationship with the late Bobby Ray Jordan, to which 6 children were born.
She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons: Kennith Jordan (Linda Funmilayo), Eric Watkins, Alex Maurice Watkins (Temica), and Nicholas Watkins (Betty); one daughter, Katrina Watkins (Albert); five sisters: Gussie Pearl Wilson, Jennie Gray, LeDell Dorsey, Willie Marie Watkins, and Lelia Laury; five brothers: Willie James Watkins, Willie Laury, Eddie Laury, James Watkins, and Ondrea Laury; one Godsister, Emma Woodard; a longtime special friend, Henry “Iceman” Odom; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 5 Godsons; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Emma Lee was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Michael L. Jordan, two grandsons: Michael Williams and Kenyatta McGee; two brothers: Henry Watkins and Eugene Dorsey; two sisters: Stella Howard and Francis Jackson; and one great-grandson, Romerion “RoRo” Rhodes.
Ms. Emma Lee Watkins' visitation will begin on Friday, August 27, 2021 with public viewing at 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home, 886 North Farish Street, Jackson, Mississippi.
Funeral services for Ms. Dorothy A. Gilbert will be Saturday, August 28, ,2021 at Peoples Chapel, 886 North Farish Street, Jackson, Mississippi at 11:00 a.m.
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