Rodney Eugene Watkins, age 59, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2022. Rod was born on December 30, 1962, in Sterling, IL and is survived by; his wife, Elaine; his daughter, Heather Elkin and granddaughters, Adie, Willow, and Lyla; his stepson, John Lee and grandsons, Brandon and Justin; and older brothers, William and Dave. Rod’s life was full of extended family and life-long friends as well who join in to celebrate his memory. He will be interned at Babbie Church Cemetery in Alabama. Rod did not desire for anyone to fuss over his passing, but instead, “build a fire and drink a beer”.