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Herschel Bernard Watkins

Herschel Bernard Watkins passed away on Thursday May 7, 2020 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Virginia

Peacefully on Thursday May 7, 2020 Herschel heard a calling and recognized the Master’s voice offering peace, tranquility and serenity where he will always have eternity in the Master’s sight. On June 11, 1971 Charles and Madeline Watkins were blessed with a beautiful baby who we all came to know and love as Herschel Bernard Watkins. Herschel was reared in Southampton County where he attended Southampton County High School.

On June, 21, 1996 Herschel was United in marriage to Essie M.  Whitfield this union was blessed with five wonderful children. Herschel was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Kenetra Watkins , sister, Shanta Whitfield and aunt, Marion Doles.

To celebrate his life, Herschel leaves behind three sons Jamal Watkins, (Kiante), Keon Watkins, and Herschel Watkins, Jr. one daughter, Tysha’ Holloway. Four grandchildren, Kentra Alisa Watkins, Kingston Montana-Antonio Watkins, Keymya Davis and Demand Maries Scott. Two sisters, Hazel Ransom (Ronald), and Angela Coston  (Alton).

One brother, Dwayne Watkins. Also celebrating Herschel’s departure two uncles James Doles and William Drewry and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends also survive him.

Herschel touched many people’s lives in different ways and will truly be missed.

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Hershel found his way to our church St. Mark RZUA Feeding The Community Outreach program. He was a welcome addition and always was willing to help out when asked. He loved hot sauce and always requested it with his meals. We were shocked to hear of his passing and will truly miss him. Our prayers go out to the family. Deacon Fred Barron.

Deacon Fred Barron Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

Im saddened to know you are gone. You had a good heart and spiritual connection. You will be sorely missed. Tell the Angels I said hello.

Alvin Taylor Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

Herschel and I met as new friends about "13" years ago, I was working the Front Desk at the former Tazewell Hotel & Suites (Granby/Tazewell Sts). I believe that he was staying at the United Mission, also on Granby St. He came in inquiring about a Houseman position. We became very good friends afterwards.
When I moved Olde Huntersville in 2016, Herschel, along with my nephew Brian, got it done.
Herschel had a childlike faith and I never saw him get upset, he was always forgiving even when I was not. He often spoke of his parents/grandparents with Heavenly overtones. I believe that the Lord has allowed them to be together again.
Lastly, whenever you missed a call from Herschel, His message would include.."please call me so that I can talk with you directly". Straight from His Southampton County/Drewryville youth.
Sleep on my friend, I'll see you in the morning!

William Snowden Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

He was a good friend and person . Please his memory has left a lasting impression on my life . Spread your wings and fly high my friend ....you will be missed

Bobby Johnson Jun 15 2020 12:00 AM

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