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James Herman Watkins

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 23, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

James Herman Watkins, age 85, passed away in Durham on January 23, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Watkins lived on the family farm five miles south of Oxford in Providence. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Nellie Gray Currin Watkins, who passed away in 2000.
Herman and Nell Waktins are survived by two children, a son, James Herman Watkins, Jr. Wanda of Durham and a daughter, Mary Nell Watkins Darden Jim of Clinton, N.C. Mr. Watkins grandchildren are Alison Watkins, Ashley Briggs Chris, Jeffrey Darden Katie and Jay Darden Paula, and six great grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews.
James Herman Watkins was born to George Washington Watkins and Isobel Bradsher Watkins on Belltown Road in rural Granville County. He had three brothers, and three Sisters. Mr. Watkins was preceded in death by his brother William Bill Watkins of Oxford, and George Watkins, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by sisters Louise Watkins Perry of Oxford and Frances Watkins Hedgecock of Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Watkins is survived by a brother Harry Leslie Watkins and wife Geraldine Dixon of Oxford, a sister Elizabeth Watkins Neer Charles of Staunton, Virginia.
Services for Mr. Watkins will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home on College Street in Oxford. Burial will follow at the Averett-Overton Cemetery on Shock Overton Road in Providence.
The Watkins family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. For online condolences, go to www.hallwynne.com and select obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “James Herman Watkins”

Condolence from Rudy Watkins on January 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Herman was a very special person. He had never met a stranger. He was very proud to be a Watkins. We will all miss him. Coming home to church will not be the same knowing he will not be there. Rudy

Condolence from David Ross on January 25th, 2013 12:00 am

I am sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Watkins. He will be missed by many. We will miss seeing him coming into the bank PNC Bank. I will be praying for the family during this time of your loss.

David Ross

Condolence from Donna Watkins Currin on January 25th, 2013 12:00 am

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Herman. He could always make people smile, and my Daddy, Seby, loved him. He will be missed by many.

Condolence from Kelly Boyd on January 26th, 2013 12:00 am

I was sad to hear of his passing. He use to make me laugh when he came to have lunch with usTwo Sisters. My favorite thing would be him leaving his window down to far and Buddy coming to the kitchen door looking for him.

Condolence from Kay and Jim Hoffman on January 30th, 2013 12:00 am

Jimmy and Wanda, Kay and I are very sorry to hear about your loss. We look forward to seeing both of you in better times.

Condolence from AshleyGrey Watkins Briggs on March 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

There are not words in the dictionary sufficient enough to describe my grandfather, Herman. For any of those lucky enough to have known him, I’m sure that you have a Herman story or two. I was lucky enough to know this man, probably in a much different light than most; being his “LittleBit” granted me much more access to his softer side. I will be forever grateful for all of the memories and stories I have bc of my Grandpa, and for all of our phone calls over the past few years. There will forever be something missing in my heart, but I can’t be selfish…he is with my grandma Nell now and I will always miss them both dearly!!! I love you gpa and gma!

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