1. Tiffany Kim says:

    Always pray and lift everything to God you deserve all of this. Congrats! God bless you.

  2. Catherine Drilling says:

    Jeanette – Thank you for all the help you have given, and always with an encouraging word and smile. Catherine Drilling

  3. Betty Edwards says:


    I want to congratulate you on your retirement and I know Pastor Watson will really enjoy having you home.
    You have always been a sweet and Godly lady with the
    most beautiful smile.
    You deserve all of the best things in life that God has in store for you.
    You are so blessed and highly favored of God and a joy to be around.

    Betty Edwards

  4. Kelley Powell-Jackson says:

    Momma J! I am so proud of you!!! I can’t wait until I can say the same thing. I wish you and Pastor the BEST of life while you are embarking on a whole new phase in life. If anyone deserves the BEST, it is you! Also have fun with the retirement and get some rest. You have never changed since day one and your soon to be former employees are missing out on seeing you everyday. That bright smile would light up the darkest room. Be blessed because you are already HIGHLY favored!

    Love you,


  5. Quonya L. Brazil says:

    Well to God Be the Glory!!!! How wonderful to be able to retire during the prime of life. Praying God’s continual blessings upon you and your family and expecting Him to use you even the more as you become even more available for His service!!CONGRATULATIONS, Love you so much.

  6. Deborah DeLoney says:

    Dear Jeannie,

    Congratulations on your retirement. I am so excited for you. I pray that God bless you with many years to enjoy–you deserve it. Be Blessed!

    Much love and warm regards,
    Deborah Deloney

  7. Julio Fuentes says:

    I wish you all the best in your upcoming retirement. You will be missed. Thank you for all your time and wisdom and good old fashion common sense in the execution of your duties as the Human Relations Office for UALR. You have left big shoes for your replacement to fill. May God bless you in all that you do.

  8. Patty Sheen says:


    When I saw you yesterday, I didn’t know you were retiring from UALR. Best Wishes on all your endeavors. As Lisa said, Jerry would have a few comments if he were here. (Your predecessor was a nemesis of his.) He really appreciated you as we all did and have done. UALR will miss you!

    Enjoy your “new” life,

  9. Johanna Miller Lewis says:

    You are a remarkable woman and have touched many lives at UALR. Thank you for being smart, savvy, but most of all compassionate.
    Enjoy your retirements, you’ve certainly earned it!
    all the best,
    Johanna Lewis

  10. Emma McCoy says:

    Jeannette, I wanted to write something profound and unforgettable but it’s too early in the morning for that so how about I just say “Be blessed!” May God continue to find favor with you. This is your season! I pray for your continued health and well-being.

    You’ve been a great help to me over the years and I will always remember you as the “Lady” that you are.

    Take care and keep in touch.

  11. Kimberly Peters says:


    Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. That’s the impact that you have had on my life.

    May you always have work for your hands to do.May your pockets hold always a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you.And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

    God Bless You,

    Kimberly Peters

  12. Ta'nice Blackman says:

    Mrs. Watkins,

    Wow, where do I begin? Who deserves retirement more than you. You took me under your wing and guided me as one of your own. I just want to thank you for being you. You carry yourself in way that is exemplary and always led by example. You are truly God sent. I will miss you. I hope you will keep in touch. Keep me and my family in your prayers as I will you and yours.

    Love you,


  13. Terrie Larkin says:


    Since the day I met you, I was inspired by your humble spirit, pleasant smile, and enormous wisdom. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet you, can’t help but be touched by your genuine kindness. The UALR campus will miss you for you have indeed been a valued employee. Best wishes to you and your family. Enjoy your time!!! God Bless!!!

  14. Jacqueline Willis says:

    Congratulations on your retirement! Boy when I look at your picture it brings back memories. I’m bless to have had the opportunity to have gotten to know you over the years. Boy has it been fun and on occasion interesting. You have been a wonderful friend when I have needed one. You will be truely missed. I know that God will continue to use you to reach out to others as you expand your ministry. I know you won’t be sitting waiting for thing to happen, you’ll be out there making them happen. I will miss our talks, but I will still see you as we run into each other sister. Take care, have fun and keep doing it with your usual style.

    Love your Friend

  15. Sandra Dannaway says:


    You will be missed at the University but retirement is great. I’m glad you are getting the chance to work with your husband and I know you will enjoy it. It was great working with you at UALR and I hope to see you during the next phase of our lives. Sandra

  16. Barbara Rodela says:

    Jeanette, I’ve just barely gotten to know you but have had enough interactions with you to know that you will be missed. You are a great listener and I appreciate the help you have afforded me in my early days here at UALR. I wish you the best and hope that you will enjoy each and every day as your journey continues. Warmest regards, Barbara

  17. Maureen James says:


    I am so glad I got to know you. You were always available for wise counsel and encouragement and I knew instinctively that your advice was based on careful thought and vast experience. When you are gone I will remember your quiet patience, your sense of fairness, and your integrity. Thank you for all that you taught me.

    Have fun in your retirement!

    Maureen James

  18. Rose Booth says:

    I feel so blessed that God allowed our paths to cross early in life.You are certainly a role model for young women to emulate.
    Your creativity, inspiration, knowledge, wisdom and professionalism has certainly impacted my life.
    you are most deserving of this blessed opportunity.

    Love ya,
    Rose Booth

  19. Trakenya Dobbins says:

    Ms. Watkins,

    You have been an awesome blessing….a blessing in disguise for many people at this campus. I know that God will bless you tremendously as you step into the next season of your life. Please continue to leave a positive impact on all that you encounter. The ASC and my family and I wish you the best retirement ever!

  20. Jeanette, I’m so very happy for you. I feel that this is something you have worked hard for and should enjoy. You are only shifting gears and stepping into the next phase of a wonderful life. I hope and pray that the years ahead will be the greatest years of your life. Enloy your retirement. Love you.

  21. Melanie Thornton says:


    I have only recently had the opportunity to work collaboratively but truly enjoyed the conversations and interactions we had. I know you will continue to touch many lives in positive ways as you go on your journey. You will be missed here at UALR.

    All the best to you,

    • Jeanette says:

      Thanks for your kind comments. It has been a pleasure and enlightening experience working with you on various issues. My thanks to you as well for opportunities for interaction and the sharing of information. Seems that we did not have enough time to really work together in implementing and effectuating more change. I know that the continued collaboration between the two offices will only bring about more positive change.


  22. Carol Macheak says:

    Thanks for all of your advice. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement.

    Carol Macheak

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hi Carol,
      I sincerely appreciate your kind comments. Hope to see you before I leave.

  23. Jesse Mason says:

    Dear Jeanette,

    It has been a while since we last spoke, so the news of your retirement came as a surprise.Sitting on a rocker on the porch wouldn’t please you, so I hope that you have plans for much bigger and better things.
    Anyone who ever dealt with you knows what a thoughtful and considerate person you are. It was always comforting to know that no matter how far off the wall my ideas were, I would get a fair hearing from you. Thanks for your patience, understanding, and good humor.
    All the best to you and your family for the future. I wish you well.

    Jesse Mason

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hi Jesse,

      It has been a pleasure knowing and working with you as well. Thank you, your comments are very kind and encouraging. It is because of friends like you and a few others that help me to remember why I stayed as long as I did.
      I am looking forward to the many opportunities to positively impact the lives of youth in the community surrounding the church that my husband pastors. Therefore I will not be going home to retire to a rocker or become a couch potato (smile).
      Don’t be surprised if I call upon you for some sort of assistance.
      Thanks for being a friend!
      My Best,

  24. Angela Willis says:


    Congratulations on your retirement! I have gotten to know you as a wonderful, professional, talented, and God sent lady. It has been a great pleasure for me to have worked with you for many years. I pray that God will continue to enrich your life, your ministry, and your days. I will miss you dearly. Take care and HAVE FUN!!!!!

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your very warm and kind expressions. I especially appreciate you for being a friend. I don’t believe that you have to always be in a person’s face to be a true friend, only to be there when you are needed. You have always done that for me and I am saying Thank You!
      You are such a wonderful and kind person. I have never known you to have anything bad or negative to say about anyone and that is truly commendable. Hang in there and maybe the next time they offer the early retirement incentive you will be ready to join the ranks of the early retirees (smile).

      Love ya,

  25. Dianna Kinsey says:


    Congratulations! It has been a blessing working with you and enjoying your friendship for the last several years. I wish you nothing but the best as God re-directs your life. Options…they are wonderful!

    Be blessed,

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Great to hear from you! Thank you for responding to the neat blog that OHR staff developed. I feel that my life has been enriched as a result of knowing you all these years. You are a true inspiration and I look forward to the continuation of our fellowship even after my departure.
      Best regards,

  26. edwin moore says:

    Mrs. Watkins
    I don’t envy you congratulation and thanks for so many helpful years enjoy it.
    With love Ed.

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to do something different and make a positive impact upon the lives of youth.
      Thank you for being a friend.

  27. Lisa A. Crittenden says:

    Miss Jeanette,

    It has been a pleasure knowing & working with you for MANY years! I wish you only best for your retirement. Have a wonderful time and never look back. I will miss you and I know if my dad was still alive he too would wish the best!

    Love you!


    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hey Lisa,
      It has been a while and I am very pleased to hear from you. Thank you for responding to my retirement blog. I think it is the neatest thing that the OHR staff could have done.

      I am deeply appreciative of your kind comments and they made me reminiscent of the old days.
      Hope all is well with you and hope to see you before
      my departure.


  28. Debbie Gentry says:


    Thank you for your dedicated service to the UALR community. You have always been a trusted resource and provided sound, compassionate and professional advise when needed. Plus, you are just a heck-of-a nice person!

    You are leaving a great legacy in your office. Best wishes in your retirement.

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for the warm and kind expressions. The comments made by you and others have been very
      encouraging. While I look forward to my retirement
      I will also miss each of you. Hopefully we will
      have an opportunity to visit before my departure.


  29. Tammie Cash says:

    I hope that you thoroughly enjoy your retirement. You have been a great resource to both UALR and my family. I appreciate your dedication to fairness here at the University. You will be greatly missed. Please keep in touch.

    Tammie Cash

  30. Patricia Moreland says:

    I have heard a lot about you from your niece Carla. I am looking forward to meeting you.

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for your comment to my retirement blog.
      Carla is my sweetheart and if she is your friend
      then you must be a special person. I look forward
      to meeting you as well.


  31. Angi Brenton says:

    I am so sorry I will be out of town, and will miss your reception on Friday. It has been a joy to work with you. I have appreciated your passion for fairness, your gift for dealing with difficiult situations, your flexibility, and your friedship. I wish you all the best as you enjoy your deserved retirement. We will miss you at UALR! Angi Brenton

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hi Angi,

      I sincerely appreciate your kind comments and regret that you will be unable to attend the reception. Please know that I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of working with you even on the
      difficult issues. You have proven to be committed not only in word but in spirit and actions to fairness, equity and diversity on this campus.
      Thank you for your support down through the years.


  32. Carla Abraham-Ross says:

    To my dearest Aunt Jeanette…and my twin!

    It is with much love and honor that I join in on congratulating you and wishing you the best in life after your retirement. You have always been a role model for me, as you are the epitome of greatness. I look up to you, I honor you and I greatly respect the work you’ve done personally, professionally and through Christ. I only expect bigger and greater contributions to come in the future.

    Love always,
    Your niece, Carla

  33. Rosalyn Miller says:


    Enjoy the blessing of retirement in good health and happiness! I’ll miss you 🙂

  34. Brenda Jackson says:


    The word of God said,”Give honor to whom honor is due”. Surely, you deserve great honor for a job well done. Now you can fully answer the call. I love you for your integrity and fairness to all mankind. I pray that long life, good health, and prosperity continue to be your portion.

  35. George Jensen says:

    It has been a pleasure working with you. I wish you all the best in your retirement.

  36. Andra Pegues says:

    Dear Missy Watkins,

    You are embarking on a great celebration which will tell of the excellent ways you have ministered to your seculiar world by way of an assignment, from God. You ran well and finished your course.

    The Proverbs 31 attributes have shown itself great through your life, as an example to many. However there is but one Jeanette Watkins, the original.

    Thank you so very much for being an instrument of encouragement during my times of very hard trials. You loved me, took care of me in so many ways, and did not judge me. Missy Watkins, you ministered to my mind, soul, and body. You covered me. The impact you have had in my life has caused my life to never be the same.

    I truly appreciate you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  37. Jessie Burchfield says:


    Thank you for all of your help and assistance through the years. You will be missed. I pray you will be blessed and that you will greatly enjoy your retirement!

  38. Mary Baxley says:

    Dear Jeanette,

    It has een such a pleasue working with you. You are still as lovely as you were when we graduated from Central, way back when. (I’m not revealing the year!)
    I wish you and you family the best during your exciting new journey as a retiree!

    We will miss you,

    Mary Baxley

  39. Janice Kelley says:

    Lady J,
    I am so pleased to be able to comment on your upcoming
    retirement. You have been a wonderful example for
    women, young & old in every sense of the word. Thank
    you for all the encouragement, wisdom & knowledge you’ve imparted to me over the years. I know that UALR will miss you & your expertise greatly. But,
    please enjoy retirement to its’ fullest.

    With Much Love,
    The Evangelist

  40. Donna Robinson says:


    I am so happy and excited that you have come to the end of the journey in this segment of your life! You have traveled this road with a spirit of excellence and because of this you will be greatly missed!
    But it your time now to do your thing and enjoy Ronnie! Have fun!

    Love you Sis,
    Kay and Larry

  41. Kim Fox says:

    Enjoy your retirement – you deserve it!
    All the best,
    Kim Fox

  42. Sylvester Cartwright says:


    How sad I was to hear that you would be retiring. It is bittersweet. I wish you nothing but the best in your retirement. You have been a great source of inspiration and encouragement over the years. Thank you for all your advice. U.A.L.R is truly losing one of its greatest assets. May God continue to bless you in everything you do.


  43. Carol Waddle says:

    Congratulations Jeanette! I am so happy for you. You have always been so professional and helpful over the years. You have such a strong sense of integrity and fairness about you which I am sure made you excel in your work at UALR. Yours will be a difficult position to replace. I wish you the best of luck and much happiness in your retirement. May you be blessed with lots of grandbabies and an abundance of time to enjoy your life.

    Carol Waddle

  44. Juanita says:

    Thank you for your advice and just being a friend. I know you have plans for things you want to do,but most of all enjoy life. God Bless you.

    juanita sherman

  45. Judy Williams says:

    Thanks for all of your advice and warm encouragement over the past two years. May the coming chapters in your life be full of challenges and good times. We’ll all miss you!
    Judy Williams

  46. David Belcher says:

    Jeanette, thank you for all of your contributions to UALR. I hope that your retirement is everything you want it to be! Please stay in touch.

    David Belcher

  47. Karen Irons says:

    Dearest Jeanette,

    I wish you the very best in your retirement. The office of human relations will definitely not be the same without you.

    Best Regards,
    Karen Irons

  48. Jeanette,

    Congratulations on your retirement. I believe that God has some magnificant blessing in store for you with your name on it. Brenda and I pray that you thouroughly enjoy the next chapter of your life.

    May God Bless,

    William and Brenda Johnson

  49. Janea Snyder says:

    Mrs. Jeanette Watkins,
    What sad news for me today to hear of your retirement,
    I’m sure you’re filled with all sorts of emotions.

    I hope that you enjoy every bit of what is in store for you in the next chapter of your life.
    Meeting and knowing you over the past couple of years has been a true blessing to me, and for that I will always be grateful.
    You will be truly missed.
    Janea Snyder

    • humanrelationdirector says:

      Hello Janea,
      Thank you for responding to my retirement blog with
      such warm and kind remarks. I feel likewise,
      meeting you was a wonderful opportunity for me as well. I want to encourage you as you continue in your career to never stop reaching for that next opportunity.
      Please stay in touch and let me know how your family and you are doing.

      Best regards,
      Jeanette Watkins

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