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John Watkins Jr.

March 15, 1942 ~ July 6, 2021 (age 79)


John Watkins Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from liver cancer. 

He was born on March 15, 1942 to the late John Mack & Mattie (Nobles) Watkins.

John was an US Army Veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He retired from GKN Automotive in Mebane. He was a member of The Anchor Church at Graham.

John loved his family, loved to fish, and loved pizza.

Along with his parents, John is preceded in death by his 5 brothers Mack Watkins, Fredrick Watkins, Graham Watkins, Bill Watkins, and Don Watkins; and his 2 sisters Pauline Watkins & Fay Gerringer.

John is survived by his wife, Sylvia Gibson May Holt Watkins; his 4 step-children Robert “Bobby” May (Val), Janice May Dalton, Jane May O’Baugh, and Jenny May Smathers (Mike); 11 grandchildren Andrew Reeves of the home, Lee, Robert, Margaret, Stephanie, Jeffrey, Sammy, Danielle, Charles, Joy, and Holly; 14 great-grandchildren; his 4 sisters Kina Blackwell of Burlington, NC, Nora Hall (James) of Burlington, NC, Pearl Melvin (John) of Graham, NC and Linda Hall (Roger) of Graham, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held from 12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service 211 N Main Street Graham, NC 27253. 

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Alamance Memorial Park 4039 S Church Street Burlington, NC 27215. 

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