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.