Joy Watkins, 90, of Saint Marys, Ohio, and a longtime resident of Murphy, North Carolina, died 2:49 A.M. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Vancrest of Saint Marys.
She was born June 20, 1931, in Cherokee County, North Carolina, the daughter of Albaugh Lee and Ora (Picklesimer) Horton.
She married Aubrey Watkins on April 3, 1953; he preceded her in death on September 16, 1990.
She is survived by her daughter: Charlotte (Ronnie) Bruce of Saint Marys; a daughter-in-law, Carol Watkins of Blue Ridge, Georgia; by her grandchildren: Darren (Amber) Watkins of Murphy; Kevin (Heather) Watkins of Blue Ridge; Shane (Jolena) Bruce of Saint Marys. She is also survived by her nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; by her sister, Iva Jean Oliver of Jefferson, GA; a brother, Elton Horton of Ellijay, GA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Terry Watkins; siblings: Cleo Williamson; Norma Lee Newton; Bernard Horton.
She was a 1951 graduate of Hiwassee Dam High School in Murphy. She was a homemaker and had previously worked at Levi Strauss, and she tailored clothes for friends and family. She loved reading and was a member of the Mt. Liberty Baptist Church in Murphy.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 6:00-7:30 P.M. Friday, November 19, 2021, at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Saint Marys. Funeral rites will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Murphy.
Memorial donations may be given to the Baptist Childrens’ Home in Hayesville, North Carolina, in ℅ the Truett Baptist Association, 2235 North Carolina Highway 141, Marble, North Carolina, 28905.
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