Nancy Marie Watkins, 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 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, Tenn., 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, Tenn., Madison Harris, Mallory Harris, Harper Bess , Hattie Bess, all of Wilkesboro; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be private 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 8-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 528, Millers Creek, N.C. 28651. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.miller