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Celebration of Life

Green Hill Baptist Church (Family Life Center)
Saturday November 19th, 2022

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James Lee Watkins

     James Lee Watkins, 69, of Rutherfordton, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Accordius Health of Hendersonville.


     James was born in McDowell County, NC, on May 11, 1953, to the late Robert and Lillian Lucille Watkins. He was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church in Rutherfordton and was married to Elizabeth Ann Whiteside Watkins. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. James was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, panning for gold, gardening, picking blueberries, and woodworking. Most of all, James loved spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.


     In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Watkins.


     Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Watkins; four step children, Dennis Brown, Velva Rowe (Peter), Meri Brown, and Stephanie Curry (Wesley); two sisters, Ruby Jane Clark (James) and Elizabeth Renee Watkins; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


     A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Green Hill Baptist Church Family Life Center, located at 1941 US-74 Alt., Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Rev. Matthew Moore will officiate.


     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, 374 Hudlow Rd, Forest City, NC 28043.

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Ruby Jane and Rena I'm sorry to here about your brother I'll keep y'all in my prayers

Danny Kirkland Nov 22 2022 2:58 AM

Libby and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and prayers are with your family. Praying for comfort during this time of grief. My love to all of you.

Beth (Sain) Tucker Nov 17 2022 6:46 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Libby and her family.
James and Libby have been good friends to our family, often helping out in times of joy and sorrow.

Janice and Steve Pierce Nov 17 2022 7:57 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Watkins

Russell and Karen Sumlin Croom Nov 17 2022 6:29 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Watkins

Becky Cannon Nov 16 2022 9:09 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Watkins

Amelia Fox Nov 15 2022 11:11 PM

Libby I am so very sorry for your loss and all that you have and will have to go through I love you girl and I love the kids tell them all I said hello I'm very sorry praying for you all

Lula Mae Walker Nov 15 2022 8:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Watkins

Lula Mae Arledge Walker Nov 15 2022 8:28 PM

My dearest friend Libby I'm so sorry for your loss you're in my thoughts and prayers love always Myra

Bridges myra Nov 15 2022 7:21 PM

I am so sorry for your loss of a loved one, Just lean on Jesus and read His word

Edith Whiteside Bailey Nov 15 2022 7:00 PM

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