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Gwendolyn (Byrum) Watkins

Born: Thu., Dec. 28, 1933
Died: Sun., Oct. 27, 2013


1:30 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
Location: Mount Gilead

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Oct. 31, 2013

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Mrs. Gwendolyn Byrum Watkins, 79 of Norwood, NC, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at her home.  Funeral Services will be held 2pm Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Bennettsville AME Zion Church, 469 Carver Rd., Norwood, NC 28128,  with Interment to follow in the Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 1:30 pm to 2pm prior to the service at the church.  Public viewing will be held 12pm to 7pm Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Mount Gilead, NC.

Lenoir was born in Stanly County, NC December 28, 1933 to the late Frank Byrum and Nellie Byrum McInnis.  She attended the public schools of Stanly County and was a graduate of Dudley Beauty School, Greensboro, where she received her cosmetology license.  She also worked with Gilead Manufacturing and Cassie Cotillion for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ray Gene Byrum and a brother, Vander Lee McInnis. She was a faithful member of Bennettsville A.M.E. Zion Church, until her health began to fail.

She leaves to cherish loving memories to her husband of 55 years, William T. Watkins of the home; seven children; Zaid El-Amin (Diyah) of Alameda, CA; Jewel Morgan of Raleigh, NC; Vicki Dumas (Jerome) of Norwood, NC, William R. Watkins (Lashonda) of Bowie, MD, Rhonda Holt of Norwood, Robin Watkins of Temple Hills, MD and Natarsha Watkins of Norwood, NC; 17 grandchildren;  14 great-grandchildren; sisters; Esdale McInnis and Daisy McInnis and a brother, Wendell McInnis (Geneva) all of Charlotte, NC; 5 sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law; uncle, Franklin R. Byrum (Mable) of Indian Trail, NC; god-children; Cathy Holland, Westra Colson and Brian Colson; special friends, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and dear friends.

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Roy and Lynette Huntley, Mark and Phil
   Posted Wed October 30, 2013
Mr Will and Family you all are in our prayers that God will give you the strength to face tomorrow. Ms Lenora was a very special person. Being my neighboro for many years was a pleasure. Her thoughtfullness will always be remembered by the boys and myself. I know at a time like this it is hard but look back at the good memories you all shared and a smile will surely come across your face. May God continue to give you strength and bless you. We Love you.

Carolyn Ross
   Posted Thu October 31, 2013
Will and Family, We are not there today, but we are there in spirit. Herb, Monica, Darren and I have you and all the family in our prayers. Lenore will be missed by so many people who knew her, but know she is in a better place. God bless you and all the family.

Carolyn (Teedie)

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