Mr. Brice Watkins died peacefully in his home on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Mebane, North Carolina at the age of 73 with his wife of 51 years, Margie Pritchett Watkins, by his side.
Brice was born on September 24, 1946 in the Pleasant Grove Community in Alamance County to Leonard and Lorena Watkins. He attended Alamance County Schools and soon after was drafted into military service during the Vietnam Era. During his service, Brice was awarded several service medals including sharpshooter rifle.
After his military service, Brice returned home and found employment with Virginia Mills in Swepsonville, NC where he remained until they closed. Later being employed by Dow-Badische, Inc. in Mebane, NC and Michael S. Becker, Inc. in Burlington, NC where he remained until retirement in 2009. After retirement, his love of mowing led him to begin his own lawn care service.
Brice is survived by his wife, Margie, of the home; Son, Brice G. Watkins, Jr. (Stepheni) of Greensboro, NC; Daughter, Ronda J. Watkins of Graham, NC; Son, Kenneth L. Pritchett of Chesapeake, VA and Grandchildren, Kamron H. Pritchett of Chesapeake, VA and MiRonda Swepson of Graham, NC. He is preceded in death by his son, Edward N. Watkins of Mebane, NC, his parents, and two brothers (Jimmy Clayton and Charles Royal). He leaves to mourn him three sisters Mary Wilson, Norma Short (George), and Reva Herbin; four brothers Tony Watkins, Gary Watkins (Debra), Terry Watkins, and Leon Watkins, two sisters-in-law Shirley Watkins and Betty Watkins; and a host of other relatives and friends. A private graveside service will be held on Monday May 18, 2020 at Springdale AME Church Cmetery.
One Last Request
Please don’t say that I gave up, just say that I gave in.
Do not say that I lost the battle. The battle was God’s to lose or win.
Please do not say how good I was but say that I did my best.
Just say that I tried to do what was right and give the most I could.
I want no more than I deserve, no extras, just my due.
I have done some good and some wrong,
Remember all the good times as well as the bad,
For life is full of many things, some happy and some sad.
But, if you must do something, I have one last request,
Forgive me for the wrong that I have done and with the love that is left,
Thank God for my soul is resting.
Thank God for all who have loved me as I am.
I thank God for loving me best.
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