Nancy Marie Watkins, age 78, of Millers Creek, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Watkins was born May 13, 1942 in Wilkes County to Rev. Juddie and Pearl Johnson Key. She was a faithful member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed cookouts with family and grandkids. Nancy spent hours in the yard with her flowers. She loved to read her Bible and has read it through many times. She loved to help at Bible School at the church. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Cecil Watkins.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Donna Harris and spouse Marty of Wilkesboro; son, Randy Watkins and spouse Sherry of North Wilkesboro; brothers, Rev. David Key and spouse Frances of North Wilkesboro, Rev. Jerry Key and spouse Sally of Boomer, Roger Key and spouse Linda of Millers Creek, Rev. Don Key and spouse Dottie of Taylorsville, William Key of Millers Creek; sisters, Ethel Blankenship and spouse James of Wilkesboro, Mary South and spouse Jerry of Deep Gap; grandchildren, Amy Willis and spouse Jon of Knoxville, Tennessee, Tyler Watkins and spouse Leah of Purlear, Jacob Harris and spouse Elizabeth, Laura Bess and spouse Brandon all of Wilkesboro; and great grandchildren, Olivia Willis, Deacon Willis, Jackson Willis all of Knoxville, Tennessee, Madison Harris, Mallory Harris, Harper Bess , Hattie Bess all of Wilkesboro; many nieces and nephews.

A private family funeral service will be held with Rev. Keith Lyon officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Millers Creek. Mrs. Watkins will lie-in-state at Miller Funeral Service from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church Youth Fund, PO Box 528, Millers Creek, NC 28651. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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