Eleanor Watkins

Eleanor Justine Watkins (Deal)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 1939 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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Eleanor Justine Deal Watkins, 80, of Salem, Va., passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020. Born on Wednesday, March 22, 1939, to the late Ernest Lee Deal and Annie Margaret Lloyd Deal. She was a beloved wife, mom, sister, and Nana! She was noted for her comic relief at family functions and was a "force unto her own!" She had an affinity for reading which brought forth her striking intelligence. Eleanor made every memory vivid and will be deeply missed by all. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Lester and Larry; sister-in-law, Betty; special friend and sister, Phyllis "Siddy" Gibson; and fur-grandchild, Trixie Bell. She is survived by her husband, Pete M. Watkins; daughter, Lisa Dawn Watkins Azar, and husband, Elias; granddaughters, Gabriella Oliva Azar and fiancé, David Marshall Jordan, Francesca Najwa Azar, and Ciprianna Ophelia Azar; sister, Valerie Deal Augustine and husband, Wayne; cousins, Millie Butler and Debbie Anderson; sisters-in-law, Libby and Peggy; brothers-in-law, Tony, Dallas, Sammy, Roger, and David; special friend, Paul Collins; and fur-grandchildren, Nessie Mae and Simba Jack. Friends may gather with the family from 4 until 6 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Roanoke, Va., with the Rev. Roy Kanode officiating. Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1 p.m. on Tuesday to process to the cemetery. The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Eleanor's honor to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Please Meet At The Funeral Home by 1 p.m.

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road NW
    Roanoke, Virginia 24012
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    Kanode, Roy E.
  • Interment

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, VA 24012
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Anna and Reggie Dyer

Posted at 10:00pm
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Justine was in the room next to my mom at Friendship South and became a special friend. We feel blessed to have met her and will never forget her kindness and caring toward my mother.
Anna and Reggie Dyer


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Dana Sheffield

Posted at 09:31pm
Pete, Lisa, Valerie,
Prayers are with you during this difficult time. May our Lord bless and comfort you.
Dana Sheffield

Valerie Augustine

Posted at 05:46pm
I was shocked beyond shocked that you left us so soon. Justine I have always loved you through the good times and bad times. We are all so different but at the end of the day we are still sisters. I will miss calling you. Sometimes you didn't want to talk but that is OK, we had many many good times talking, laughing, and having fun. I will miss seeing you. I didn't get up much but I always came by and stayed with you or visited. You were creative. You had a nack for creating beautiful flower arrangements. I wish you had started a business with them they were beautiful. We use to go on trips together they were so much fun. I do hope the Lord has told you how much you were loved and now missed. Until we meet again in heaven enjoy the beauty of God's glorious kingdom he has built for us that love Him and Know Him. You did. With eternal love I can't wait to see you again. Your sis Valerie.

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