Mary Lou Watkins

January 31, 2024

Mary Lou Watkins Obituary

Mary Lou Watkins of Thomasville went home to be with Jesus, Wednesday January 31, 2023 at her residence.

Mary Lou was born to the late Robert Lee Malpass and Nancy Kathryn Thompson Malpass in Goldsboro. She graduated third in her class from High Point Central High School and was a gifted writer of poetry. Mary Lou was a member of Rich Fork Baptist Church where she was involved in her early years. Her love for Christ was displayed in the love she showed for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her sister, Robbie Burton and special friend, Ronald James.

Surviving are her loving husband of 71 years, Neil Nelson Watkins of the home; two children, Ricky Watkins of the home, Ginger Bethea (David) of Thomasville; four grandchildren, Gina Crayton (Allen Sluder), Aaron Watkins, Thad Watkins (Jan), Stacey Schombert (Travis); seven great-grandchildren, Cory Crayton, Skyler and Nick Doss, Miley Hagins, Finlee, Rhett, Landree Watkins, Stacey and Travis’s twin girls on the way, and best friend, Brenda Emmons.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at the J.C. Green and Sons Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Tim Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville. The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital.

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Funeral Service
February 6, 2024

2:00 PM
JC Green and Sons Chapel (Thomasville)
122 W. Main Street
Thomasville, NC 27360


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