Johnny Watkins
1947 - 2021
Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services - Weddington Chapel
3700 Forest Lawn Dr
Matthews, NC
Johnny Watkins

Charlotte - Johnny Watkins, 73, of Charlotte, passed away on May 3, 2021. John was born in Wilmington, NC, to the late Louie W. Watkins and Jean Pridgen Watkins. He graduated from New Hanover High School and continued his education at North Carolina State University, majoring in Industrial Arts Education. In 1977, John received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He enjoyed a long career with Wilber, Kendrick, Workman, and Warren Architects and retired from Duke Energy after 25 years. He enjoyed much of his retirement at his Topsail Island home and spending time with family and friends. He also took pleasure in photography, painting, traveling, and volunteering.

John is survived by his devoted wife of over 51 years, Sandra S. Watkins. John and Sandra met in a summer school class at NC State University and were married in 1969. He is also survived by his son Benjamin K. Watkins, wife Andi; and daughter Sarah E. Watkins. John is also survived by grandchildren Emma and Zoë Watkins, who lovingly gave him his nickname, "Ba." Being a dependable and loving father was of the utmost importance to John and his sense of humor brought much joy to his family and friends. In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his two brothers, Louie W. Watkins and Judson P. Watkins, and their families, of Wilmington, NC.

A memorial to celebrate John's life will be held at a later date at Calvary Church in Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Union County (700 W Roosevelt Blvd Monroe, NC 28110) or Children's Home Society of North Carolina (PO Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415).

Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the Watkins family, 3700 Forest Lawn Dr., Matthews, NC, 28104. Online condolences and memorial service information can be found at

Published by Wilmington Star-News from May 6 to May 9, 2021.
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I was fortunate to have been in Johnny's Grace United Methodist Church family, Also with him in our 1966 NHHS class. My condolences to the family. He will be missed.
Jonelle Kress Grabenstein
May 10, 2021
Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time of sorrow.

Duke Energy Alumni, Charlotte, Chapter
Polly Leviner, Chaplain
Polly Leviner
May 10, 2021
Johnny was a class act and a good friend. He will be sorely missed.
Rob Biddle
May 9, 2021
Sandy and Family, I worked with John at Duke Energy for 10 years. He was such a fine man in every way. I respected him so much. I lost my wife about 3 1/2 years ago so I have some idea of how difficult these days are for you. I pray you will feel God's comfort and peace in spite of missing John so terribly. Over time may those times of peace overtake the crushing loss you feel now. Larry Bost
Larry G Bost
May 6, 2021
Sandy, and family , I am so sad to hear about Johnny. We were friend´s from Forest Hills Elementary throughout our lives. We shared our precious CHS children and always loved being together and visiting . I know Fred is beyond happy to see Johnny and share in the glorious reunion they´re having with all who´ve gone ahead . One day, we´ll all share in that reunion ,and it´ll be forever ! Meanwhile , we have each other . Im holding you in prayer and my heart . Jane
Jane Metts Rippy
May 5, 2021
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