In Memory of Claude Edward Watkins  January 6, 1931 ~ July 1, 2019  age 88, Durham, NC

Mr. Claude E. Watkins, 88, of Durham, NC departed this earthly life on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Claude, a Raleigh native, retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant after a twenty-seven year career. During his career, he received assignments that carried him around the world and worked with several generals. Significantly, he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, earning the prestigious Bronze Star, for his valor in the latter war. Upon retiring from the Army, Claude returned to North Carolina and settled in Durham and established a successful real estate career. Health issues gradually caused the loss of his ability to live independently and prompted his admission to the Durham Veterans Administration Hospital.

There will be a viewing and family visitation at 10:00 AM on Friday July 5, 2019 followed by a Celebration of His Life at 11:00 AM in the C A Haywood, Sr. Memorial Chapel, 2415 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC. The final resting place will be at Carolina Biblical Gardens, 1530 Creech Road, Garner, NC, where Claude will receive full Military Honors for his 27 years of service.

Obituary by Haywood Funeral Home  Also in Published in Herald Sun on Jul. 4, 2019, and

The VA Medical Center (VAMC) at CLC Hospice in, Durham, NC let us use their Rec Hall to play checkers. Claude was a checker playing friend of Willie Tart and we would drive down and play in Durham. Both were veterans and Willie would visit for medical medication/treatments and checkups so this was a good time to get in some play.

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