HAMPTON - Norvell Edwards Watkins Sr., 86, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
A native of Newport News and a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, he served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Norvell was one of the original staff members of WVEC 13 in the early 1950's where he served as their Vice President of Finance and retired after 48 years of service. Mr. Watkins was known to have climbed the transmitter tower there to make repairs during a storm so that the broadcasting could continue. He loved music and had an excellent second tenor voice which he used well in the church choir at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.
Norvell was deeply in love with his beautiful wife of 64 years and was a good friend to many people.
Preceded in death by his parents, Austin F. and Phyllis E. Watkins; and brother, Lt. Austin F. Watkins Jr., he is survived by his beloved wife, Jackie Smith Watkins; daughter, Jan Hall (Cliff); son, Norvell Edwards Watkins Jr.; sister, Jean Thomas; brothers, Carl Watkins and Allen Watkins (Kathy); grandchildren, Sean Bryant and Shannon McDowell; great-grandchildren, Jacqie and Carter McDowell and Adyson Bryant. Norvell is also survived by many special nieces and nephews as well as many other loving relatives and dear friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bob Gochenour and the Rev. Tommy Davidson. The burial will immediately follow in Hampton Veterans Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.
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