Mrs. Melba Geraldine “Jerry” Watkins Hughes: Obituary


Mrs. Melba Geraldine “Jerry” Watkins Hughes, age 82 of Murphy, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville, GA. Mrs. Hughes was born October 14, 1934 in Blairsville, GA to the late Burl Watkins and the late Odessa Davenport Watkins. A member of Notla Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Willie Hughes, grandson, Jason Dockery and her three sisters. Jerry enjoyed gardening, quilting and going to flea markets in her spare time.

Survivors include daughters, Stella Timpson, Judy Jackson, Debbie Dockery and Sue Tritt, one son, Roger Hughes, twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Cochran Funeral Home in Murphy with Rev. Hoyt Brown officiating. Music will be provided by Julie Payne and Martha Davenport. Interment will follow in the Notla Baptist Church Cemetery. The gentlemen serving as Pallbearers will be Scott Payne, Mark Rollo, Andy Allen, J.L. Davenport, Albert Davenport and Floyd Hughes. Honorary Pallbearers are Charles King, Tommy King, Larry Hughes and Ralph Hughes.

The family will receive friends at Cochran Funeral Home Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy, NC. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

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