William Wheeler Watkins
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 4, 1933
  • Date of passing: May 5, 2015
Let the memory of William be with us forever

William Wheeler Watkins, 82, a longtime resident of Creedmoor, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at his home.

A native of Granville County, he was the widower of the late Mary Elizabeth Watkins and the son of the late John Kenneth Watkins and Henrietta Wheeler. He was a Korean War veteran of the US Army and a retired OMS shop chief in Durham, NC.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor by the Rev. Jim Shelley. Visitation will follow the graveside service.

Surviving are a daughter, Wanda W. Hollis and husband Keith of Hillsborough, two sons, W. Mike Watkins and wife Trish of Stem, and Curtis Watkins of the home, a sister, Juanita and brother Cecil Watkins, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by J Vaughn on 29th May 2015

"To the Watkins family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your love one. No matter how young or old, death is a crushing blow and we must sadly endure it for now. It will not always be that way. While on earth Jesus resurrected the dead and will do so again. He promises "the hour is coming when all those in there memorial tombs will hear my voice and come out"(John 5:28) Please read God's word daily and learn of the hope it offers for mankind's future. JW.ORG"

This tribute was added by Bonnie Roth on 7th May 2015

"I always loved my uncle William. He was just like all the other Watkins brothers...sweet and kind. For example, he always hid at weddings so no one would see him cry. Heaven has gained a real angel. Love and hugs to the family.
Bonnie Watkins Roth"

This tribute was added by Kent Cash on 7th May 2015

"I just found out today (May 7th), by accident about William's passing. I'm so glad that I found him last month and had a good visit. He had a big heart and taught me maintenance management. The knowledge he instilled in me helped the City of Durham's fleet department receive national recognition by Government Fleet Magazine. We were considered as one of the top 100 best fleets in North America. He also taught me to share credit. I would love to take credit for being recognized by my peers nationally; but he deserves much of that credit. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

I'm so sorry I can't attend today due to a prior commitment. I hope that God sends His Comforter to his family.

God speed old friend."

This tribute was added by pat albritton on 7th May 2015

"We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle William!  He was truly a wonderful, kind, and caring man.  Please accept our deepest sympathy to your entire family!  May you find comfort and peace in knowing how much he was loved.  Rest in Peace Uncle William!  love to all....Emory and Pat"

This tribute was added by Barbara Sherrill on 6th May 2015

"Uncle William was a good and humble man. I'm so sorry for your great loss. I pray that God will comfort all of you in this sad time.
Love,  Barbara"

This tribute was added by Robert Albritton on 6th May 2015

"Wanda, Mike, Curtis & Children...deepest sympathy to you and yours during this time of sorrow...I will always have fond memories of your dad,  my UNC William talking about car racing and Duke Basketball. He will be missed by all. Love to you all!! - Hy & Sheila Albritton"

This tribute was added by Lynne Hussey on 6th May 2015

"Mike, Wanda, and Curtis...so sorry to hear of Uncle Williams passing. I'm sure heavens rejoicing. Love you all and keeping you in prayer.
Your cousin, Lynne"

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