Ruebel Funeral Home

6313 West Markham Street, Little Rock

Phone: 501-666-0123

Larry Sterling Watkins

Little Rock, AR

1945 - 2017

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Published: May 9, 2017

Dr. Larry Sterling Watkins passed away May 8, 2017. He was the son of William Simpson Watkins and Annie Inez Watkins. Larry was born on March 7, 1945 in Hamburg, Arkansas. He was married to Winifred Smith Watkins for 48 years.

Larry was forever a Hamburg Lion and was always proud of his hometown, his family, and his friends. Larry was an All American High School football player and he was a member of the 1964 National Championship Arkansas Razorback football team.

Dr. Watkins practiced medicine in Little Rock for 42 years. His dedication to his practice was a positive impact for hundreds of patients through his long career. He was a passionate physician, a loving husband, and a giving father. Larry will be remembered forever as ‘Big Daddy' to an adoring group of grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his wife Winifred; two brothers, Bobby Watkins (Eleanor), Henry Watkins (lynn); two daughters, Winifred Anne Ernst (Chris), Mary Sterling Thompson (Quin); four grandchildren, Milo Thompson, June Thompson, Madeleine Ernst, and Wilson Ernst. Larry is also survived by Brother in law Jim Kane and sisters' in law Ellen Kane and Jacqueline King.

A visitation will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home on Wednesday May 10, at 2:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Thursday May 11, at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made in Larry's honor to Apple Seeds, 2648 N Old Wire Rd., Fayetteville, Ark. 72703 or to The Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, 1119 S. Main St., Hamburg, Ark. 71646. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home.

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