Richard "Rick" Watkins, 48, of Dexter, Mo., died Friday, March 31, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Born Dec. 6, 1958, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Marsh Watkins and the late Bobbie Lucius Watkins, he was a funeral director and co-owner of Watkins & Sons Funeral Home Service in Dexter, Puxico, Parma and Morehouse. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, the Southeast Missouri Funeral Directors Association, the Elks Lodge in Dexter and the Cape Girardeau Grey Hound Protection Association.
On Aug. 6, 2003, in New Orleans, La., he married Betty Schuerenberg, who survives of the home.
Survivors also include two sons, Cory Watkins, of St. Louis, Mo., and Trevor Watkins, of Hillsboro, Mo.; his father and step-mother, Marsh and Dixie Watkins, of Dexter; one step-son, Matt Schuerenberg, of Dexter; one step-daughter, Stephanie Flippin, of Poplar Bluff and two brothers, Robert Watkins, of Bloomfield, Mo., and Michael Watkins, of Dexter.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and John Kevin Watkins.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Tuesday, April 3, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Stoddard County Children's Home, Dexter, Mo.