Dorothy Jean Watkins

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Dorothy Jean Watkins was born in Bay Spring, Mississippi on January 19, 1942 to Wren Tatum and Geniveia Page-Tatum.
Dorothy received her high school diploma from Crane Tech High School in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from high school, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio. Dorothy was gainfully employed at The Ohio State Office Tower for 7 years as an Environmental Specialist. Her love for doing hair influenced her to pursue her cosmetology license. She continued doing hair for 30 years.

Dorothy will be remembered as a strong black woman who was authentic in everything that she did. Dorothy had a bubbly personality. One of her favorite pastimes were socializing with her family and friends. When she was present, the room was filled with love and laughter. Some of her hobbies included: cooking, dancing, shopping and getting her hair and nails done. Her style and poise will be missed.

Blessed with 79 years of life, Dorothy Jean Watkins departed this earthly life on September 2, 2021.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Wren and Genivevia Tatum; brother, W.T. Tatum; sister, Lula Tatum; stepson, Chris Hunter; honorable son, Timothy Wagner; best friend, Shirley Thompson and other close relatives.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memories, son, Jimmie (Tamika) Tatum; daughters, Crystal and Tammie Watkins all of Columbus, Ohio; brothers, Jessie (Betty) Tatum, Jerry (Mary) Tatum, Tommy Tatum all of Columbus, Ohio, and Rickey Tatum of Atlanta, Georgia; stepchildren, Mark Hunter, Debbie (Richard) Moore of Columbus, Ohio, and Sandy Hunter of Las Vegas, NV; special niece, Nickole Tatum; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, family, and friends.

Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, September 10, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Masks and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

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  1. Dorothy was a joy to be around. She was always laughing.. Prayers and love Crystal, Tammy & Jimmy. Thank you for sharing your gift with me.

    Love Freda

  2. Will forever miss your smile and your and the fun that we had when you were around. RIP COUSIN…. Condolences to The Watkins and Tatum Family.

  3. Our deepest condolences to the family. Ms Dorothy always had a smile on her face and was a joy to be around. Mom will definitely miss her coming to check on her. May Heavenly Father comfort you all.
    Love Ms Mary & family

  4. May god be with you all at a time of need she was a beautiful queen a great woman and just to know her you was blessed she always use to tell me don’t say hi get over here and give me a hug she had so much love for everyone I love you and may the queen rest in gods hand as she reunite with her mother and father and everyone else up in heaven keep watching over us as we know you will love malcom to the family I love yall

  5. On behalf of the Barnes family we would like to send our Condolences and prayers of comfort
    in difficult time. Sorry for the loss of your love one,
    Rest in Peace sister Watkins.

  6. On behalf of the Barnes family we would like to send our Condolences and prayers of comfort
    in a difficult time. Sorry for the loss of your love one,
    Rest in Peace sister Watkins.

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