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Anne Broadhead

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 10, 2014 @ 3:52 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 19 Comments

Anne Royal Chappell Watson Broadhead, 87, of Durham died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at her residence at Durham Regent. Born April 7, 1927 to the late Wayland and Mary Graves Chappell in Durham, she was a life resident. Anne Royal was a 1945 graduate of Durham High School. Anne Royal married Walter I. Watson. She and her family were associated with Ephesus Baptist Church in Durham and Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church. She retired in 1986, after 47 years, as a secretary from Duke University. She loved square dancing, which she belonged to a local club. She loved her family and enjoyed participating in all their lives. Beside her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter I. Watson and a sister, Mary Graves Tilley.

Surviving are: her husband, Alfred Broadhead; a son “Watson” of Chapel Hill; two daughters, Wendy Watson of Durham, Donna Slaughter and husband Bill of Butner; a brother, Jack Chappell of Charlotte; two sisters, Diana Griffith and family of TN and Nancy Watson and family of Creedmoor; five grandchildren, Jonathan Burgess and wife, Vesta of CA, Andrew Slaughter and wife, Charlotte of Butner, Victor Slaughter of Pembroke, Megan and Cedar Watson of FL; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Ava Slaughter, and Ryan Burgess.

The family will be present 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Burial will follow in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery in Durham. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com

Condolences for the family of “Anne Broadhead”

Condolence from McBeath Family, on September 10th, 2014 8:28 pm

We are truly sorry for your loss.. Anne will be missed. Please, keep in mind the wonderful promise in the Bible at Acts 24:15 and Reverlations 21:3,4.. We pray this bring you comfort..

Condolence from Cindy ad Richard Hatcher on September 11th, 2014 8:08 am

Formerly of Durham Regent. Our deepest condolences. I will always remember her wearing her hats to meals. She loved to sit out on her patio. I’m sure that she will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Cari Banks on September 11th, 2014 8:27 am

Your sweet, sweet mother will be greatly missed by all. I will always remember her smile, laughter and sense of humor. She was loved. Cari

Condolence from Brenda Burnette on September 11th, 2014 9:24 am

Ms. Anne will be missed, she was a very sweet person, she was one of my favorite residents when I was working at Durham Regent. I always enjoyed talking to Wendy and Watson, they were very nice and devoted to their mother.

Condolence from Brenda tuck on September 11th, 2014 9:27 am

Donna & Bill & Family,
My prayers go up for you during this time of releasing your Mother into God’s hands knowing how much you will miss those tender intimate moments, hugs, and kisses.

Love in Christ,

Condolence from Erin Pearson on September 11th, 2014 12:06 pm

I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Anne at Durham Regent Retirement Community. As an activity director, I could always appreciate her willingness to try anything. She always had a smile on (and a great had), and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I will really miss her and her sweet spirit. Prayers to all the family- I will miss seeing you all.

Condolence from Karen & Pete Versoi on September 11th, 2014 2:40 pm

Wendy and family~

We were deeply saddened by the news of Annie Royal’s passing. We will miss your mother’s smile and her sweet spirit and her hats! Our heart felt condolences to you all.

~Karen & Pete

Condolence from Margaret Frothingham on September 11th, 2014 2:47 pm

Dear Wendy and family,
I enjoyed reading about Anne Royal. I am thinking of you all at this time, especially since your mom’s death was a bit unexpected. I love the photo. Blessings, Margaret Frothingham

Condolence from Rhonda and David Pike on September 11th, 2014 3:15 pm

It is so sad to say “good-bye” to our parents whom we love so dearly. Let’s treasure the sweet memories and be thankful for the time God has given us with them. Blessing to you.

Condolence from Lee and Jordan Guile on September 12th, 2014 1:36 pm

I have known Ms. Annie Royal for many years. What a sweet lady! The last time I saw her she had a big grin on her face and was dancing at the Blue Note Grill with her wonderful son Watson.

We will all miss her. Our prayers and thoughts go out to her entire family.

Lee and Jordan Guile

Condolence from Ginny and Bill Parker on September 12th, 2014 2:51 pm

What a wonderful friend she has been to three generations of our family. My mother always held a special place in her heart for “Miss Anne Royal” . She loved holding our daughter and seeing her grow up. I knew her through her children . She gave them each a special part of herself that have made them full of life and compassion. Each of them has a faith that has served them throughout their lives. She will always be with us.

Condolence from Iris Pendergrasso on September 12th, 2014 5:55 pm


I worked with your Mother for many years at duke university. Anne Royal was my friend and such a sweet lady. We went to lunch many times and I enjoyed her company.

Wendy, I am so sorry you are going to miss her a lot but just try to remember the good times you spent with her. I am praying for you and your Family. Take care, Iris Pendergrass.

Condolence from Roberta Norwood on September 12th, 2014 9:40 pm

The United Methodist Women’s group at Mount Pleasant UMC in Pittsboro, NC send our love and prayers for all of the family. Anne Royal was a special woman and we cherish the time she spent with us.

Condolence from Kathy Russell on September 15th, 2014 8:51 pm

Dear Wendy and Family,

SO sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet and always grateful Mother. What a wonderful tribute to her life. A long legacy of gratitude and love ,acceptance. Joy. I pray for for your peace and good memories.

Kathy Russell

Condolence from Linda Galloway on September 15th, 2014 11:04 pm

Mrs. Anne I look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day! You raised a very special and sweet loving daughter Wendy Watson. She and I connected in a special way one Tuesday evening ! She is a strong young lady who I look forward to see on Thursday evenings at bible study . Mrs. Anne we will meet someday ! Wendy and family I am truly sorry for your loss!!!!!!

Condolence from Judy LeBlanc on September 16th, 2014 11:39 am

So deeply sorry Wendy about the loss of your dear mom. Never met her personally, but from what I have heard and read, she was a dear lady. If she was as half as nice as you, than I know I would have liked her. I know you will miss her. You and your entire family are in my prayers.

Condolence from Gayley Middleton Crockett on September 16th, 2014 6:26 pm

Dear Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. Your mom was a lovely woman full of fun and energy. Peace in the days to come.

Condolence from Beth Morgan Loeb on September 19th, 2014 9:11 pm

Wendy, I was out of town when I read of your mother’s death. I was so sorry to miss the services. She was such a sweet person. My dad thought highly of her and I have many fond memories. It would be great to connect again over coffee sometime and reminisce over our high school days. All my best wishes.

Condolence from Angie Atkins Yilling on September 20th, 2014 6:19 pm

Beth Loeb let me know about your mother’s death. I I remember going to your home as a teenager and enjoying sweet times. I hope we can get together sometime. I pray for comfort for your entire family.

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