Vance Foster Watkins Sr.
June 20, 1938 - September 24, 2020
Obituary for Vance Foster Watkins Sr.
Vance "Van" Foster Watkins Sr., 82, of Raleigh, NC, died on September 24, 2020, at home after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Nutbush, NC, on June 20, 1938, son of the late Barker and Agnes Watkins.
Van was a proud Army veteran. After a honorable discharge he spent many years in management in the food service industry. Then he attended Kings Business College where he received an Associates Degree. He also attended NC State for additional education. He worked many jobs in the sales field including real estate and was a member of the Raleigh Board of Realtors. As he approached retirement, Van ended his career with a small used car business. Van was an active member and usher at Crossroads Fellowship Church since 2000.
Van married Catherine Hicks on December 30, 1958. Van and Catherine had a very loving and respectful marriage of 62 years. He had deep love of God, Family and Country. Van would spend time listening to Elvis Presley, rock and roll and Gospel music. He also enjoyed classic cars and carrying on a conversation with anyone that would give him a few minutes of their time.
He is survived by his spouse, Catherine and their four children, Sandra Ingram (Dennis) of Florida, Sammy Young (Jane) of NC, Vance Watkins Jr. of NC, Mike Watkins (Kimberly) of NC. He is also survived by grandchildren, Shannon Young of NC, Matthew Ingram of FL, Maggie Watkins of NC , Charlie Watkins of NC; and his three great-grandchildren, Noelle, Gabby and Ronnie Hurt of NC. He is also survived by two siblings, Ferbee Reavis of NC and Ellen Chandler of NC.
He was preceeded in death by siblings, Barker Watkins Jr, Dick Watkins Sr., Eleanor Robinson, Betty Jean Pegram and grandson, Sam Young III of NC.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, September 28, 2020, at Renaissance Funeral Home,7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh , NC 27615.
**Face masks will be required to attend the service.**
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
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