Loretta Atkins Watson went to be with the Lord on Jan. 6, 2019. She was born in Tellico Plains. Loretta was an active member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church of Marietta, Ga. She loved cooking for family and friends, and often cooked and took food to friends that were sick or to shut ins.

She was 83 years old.

Preceded in death by: her daughter, Kelly Ann Watson; parents, Nellie and Luke Atkins; three sisters; two brothers.

Survivors include: her husband of 62 years, Hugh Watson;

Several nieces and nephews, Richard Cardin of Tellico Village, Ruth Crawford of Texas, Ray Campbell of Georgia, Doris Yates of Tellico Plains, Donna Dalton of Nashville, Barbara Hansen of Chattanooga, Joy Turner of Tellico Plains.

A celebration of her life was held in Marietta, Ga.