OBITUARY

Teresa Entrekin Watkins

March 23, 1923November 26, 2019
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Teresa Entrekin Watkins, 96, passed away on November 26, 2019 at Rex Hospital after a sudden illness. Born on March 23, 1923 in Bellefonte, PA. She was the daughter of the late Edward W. Entrekin and Helen Martin Entrekin. At a very young age of three, Teresa's parents had passed and she was lovingly welcomed into the family of her aunt and uncle, Mary Jane and Charles Edward Martin and raised as a "sister" to the late Irvin Martin (and late wife, Evelyn) and the late Marie Ream (and late husband, Hal).

Teresa graduated from Bellefonte High School in 1941. Shortly after, she joined the Navy WAVES. She became a switchboard operator and during her time in the Navy, she met and married the late Robert O. Watkins, Jr. who was in the Army Air Corps taking pilot training at Penn State. They married in 1944 and were together for 49 years until his death in 1991. Out of this union, they had four children. She spent many years raising her children and later in life became a switchboard operator for Corning Glass Works. She retired after 25 years. She was involved in her church and was the church pianist for many years. She also had a beautiful voice and sang.

Teresa is survived by her four children: Pamela Rich (the late Joseph), of Raleigh, Thomas "T.M." Watkins, of Raleigh, Robert O. Watkins, III (the late Paula), of Willow Spring, and Edward "Eddie" Watkins (Betsy), of Apex. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, December 1 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh). Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm in the funeral home chapel with interment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

We wish to express our thanks to Sunrise of Raleigh for the care they have given our Mother over the last 18 months.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Teresa to the Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 1, 2019

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Larry Stone

November 30, 2019

Teresa was a very special lady and friend to Betty and I. I will always remember the time we shared at Corning Glass Works. She definitely had a knack for managing all those incoming phone calls and using the paging system. So sorry to hear of her passing. May God be with you during these difficult times.
Larry & Betty Stone

Diane Strickland

November 30, 2019

To the Watkins family, I am so sorry for your loss. She has gained her wings and is with our heavenly father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane Humphries Strickland

Mike Scoggins Scoggins

November 29, 2019

To the Watkins family Susan and my prayers are with you.
Mrs Watkins was like a second mother to me and Robbie T and I are still good friends
Mike & Susan Scoggins Raleigh NC

David Pickard

November 28, 2019

I wanted to say about Mrs Watkins she was always so sweet to me and talk and I would sit for awhile and I would hear about her life story and the things she did in her life she was such a sweet lady God has gained another angel

Daniel Jack

November 28, 2019

My Condolence to the family of Mrs Teresa Entrekin, your mum was a wonderful & friendly to everyone of us at Sunrise Of Raleigh, we miss her, May her soul Rest In Peace. Thanks to all the family members who stood with her till her death, you guys are wonderful

Bill Cooper

November 28, 2019

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend time with Granny Watkins at her grandson's wedding (Seth Watkins). She was in poor health, but her attitude was as sassy as ever. It's obvious she was determined to attend Seth's wedding prior to leaving. She will be missed.

Bryant Woodall

November 27, 2019

Mrs. Watkins and her family was very special to my family, living close by our house. We spent a lot of fun time together in the neighborhood. Many special memories of this family.

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