Jeremy Andrew Watkins

Wednesday, February 12, 1975 - Saturday, December 28, 2019

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Jeremy Andrew Watkins  - 1975-2019

Canton- Jeremy Andrew Watkins, age 44, a beloved son, loving husband and daddy, and wonderful brother, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Jeremy was born February 12, 1975 in Haywood County and was the son of Dennis and Betty Griffin Watkins of Canton.

Loved by everyone who knew him, Jeremy was known to many as “Willie,” “Bubba,” “J.J.,” and even as “Jerm” and he would also typically have a nickname for his friends and family members as well. He was a member of the 1993 graduating class of Pisgah High School and had continued his education by earning his Computer-Aided Design (CAD) degree. Jeremy proudly served his country in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany with his faithful “Apaches.” He was a naturally talented handyman who could build and repair anything, Jeremy was employed as a skilled subcontractor with over 25 years of dedication to his trade. “Willie” was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending his time outdoors. He was “tough as nails, but gentle as a lamb,” and the type of person to loyally support his family and friends, and would also offer his help to anyone. We give thanks for the life of Jeremy.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank Robert Griffin, and Helen Blanche Griffin; and paternal grandparents, Norman Andrew Watkins and Frances Irene Watkins.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife of 9 years, Jaime Jane Vaughen Watkins; son, Connor James "Conrad the Caterpillar" Watkins; brother, Chris “Moo” Watkins and his wife Angie of Waynesville; niece, Samantha “Bobo” Watkins; nephew, Caleb Watkins; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The funeral service honoring the life of Jeremy will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Crestview Baptist Church in Canton. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 pm prior. Dr. Dan Page and Sr. Pastor Ned Webb will be officiating. Interment will follow at Plott Cemetery.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Watkins family.

Condolences from family and friends

I'm so very sorry about the passing of Jerm, he will be terribly missed! Love hugs and prayers with you all!
Lorianne Surrett
Jeremy was my friend, my buddy, my Pinterest man and the most talented handyman to ever have around. We spent many hours of conversation about our families and I know how much he loved his. The last thing he said to me was how much he loved Connor. What a great dad. I will surely miss him and know that I am praying for the family.
Sherri Moss
Watkins family ,it is with great sadness that we hear of J J 's passing . May you all find comfort in your memories of rhis fine young man. Prayers for strength during this sad time . RIP Jeremy. Stan and Linda Stienbarger
Linda Stienbarger
Dennis and Betty, to see where you lost your son Jeremy. Chris sorry for the loss of your brother. My Love and Prayers to each of you..
Ruby Crumpler
Dennis and Betty, to see where you lost your son Jeremy. Chris sorry for the loss of your brother. My Love and Prayers to each of you..
Ruby Crumpler
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.
Allison Jennings
A lot of great memories from high school with this man! Praying for y’all!!!
Todd West
I am so very sorry about Jeremy. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Wanda Cable
So sorry. Praying for you all.
Leslie and Sheila King
My deepest condolences for your loss.
Sharon Byers Conner
I am so sorry of your lost praying for the whole family
Tonya brown Scarpulla
May the Peace that Passes All Understanding be with this family Truly am sorry.
Carolyn Henson
There's no words I can even begin to say about the man jerm was to me ...... he took me in when I was 17-18 years old after we started working together and we instantly became like brothers..... he though me how to be a man how to work with my hands and even inspired me to join the us army ..... you will for ever be in my heart and my soul .... thanks for being the father figure to me that I never really had ...... HOOAH keep fighting the good fight battle buddy.... until Valhalla
Brock Medford
I don't even know where to begin or what to say..... you took me in when I was just 17 almost 18 years old and we were instantly like brothers.... but really you were more like a father figure to me .... you taught me how to be a man in many ways , you taught me how to work with my hands , you inspired me to join the ARMY , we did so many things together..... and oh man the airstream camper!!! That was my home for a few years and we had some fun times in it ..... thanks for being a father to me ...... until Valhalla..... HOOAH
Brock Medford
Dennis, Betty and family, We cannot tell you how sorry we are for your loss. We love you and are praying for your peace. God bless you and all your family.
Dennis, Katie and Lily
Prayers for comfort.
Donna Curtis Rodgers
Thoughts and prayers with each of you.
David and Genean Pless
Dennis and Betty - I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. I can't even begin to imagine what you are feeling and going through right now. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing your son, but from reading his obituary and the comments posted here, he was obviously an amazing young man. May God give you the strength that only He can give and may He wrap his comforting arms around you. Praying for you all!
Donna Holloway McCracken
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jason was sharing some GREAT memories of him and Jeremy. We know the pain of losing a child and do know what your going through. God is faithful and He promised He would not put more on us than we can bare. Hugs to you all.
Mike and Gail Burrell and Jason
Betty, I am so sorry. Will be praying for comfort and peace for your family.
Barbara Cabe
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Love and prayers for the whole family. Mike, Dale, Shane and Josh Treadway
Dale Treadway
I was proud to serve with Bubba in Germany and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He was a great Soldier and even a finer man. He always was willing to help others with a smile on his face. He will truly be missed. Rest well Warrior.
Liston Edge
Bubba, you will be missed by many brother!! Loved our time together man and would not trade it for anything. Thank you for having my back during deployment! You are a true Warrior that left us way too soon! Until Valhalla my brother!! I will not forget you! Army Strong!
Steven Holden
Apaches Forever... Apache6 1995-1996 Miss you Bubba
Stacy Elliott
At Ease Warrior Job Well Done
Richard Arnett
Dennis and Betty we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Bryan & Diane Rowland
Condolences and prayers to the family. Bubba and I served together (Apaches) in Germany. A warrior gone but not forgotten.
Dan Topper
My Heart is filled with pain knowing we lost a True Soldier and Friend. I send my condolences to the Watkins Family. God Bless JEREMY ANDREW WATKINS and his Family. I will miss you Bubba
SSG Hernandez, Javier (Retired)
Gone too early my brother. You were an amazing Soldier and a better man. We are lucky to have had you in our lives. Rest in peace Bubba.
Rick Gonzalez
Sending my condolences to you all. Betty, Dennis and Chris some of my earliest and most fond memories are from my childhood living across the street from you all. I was sad to hear of Jeremy’s passing. Prayers for strength and peace to get through the next few days and to carry on as the grief process begins. God will carry you all through. He is faithful.
Tara Earley Gibson
Dear Uncle Denny, Aunt Betty, Cousin Chris and all the rest of the family, I am saddened for your great loss and want you to know Elizabeth’s and I, along with our entire congregations in Marble Falls and Lytle, Texas, have and are praying for you all; that our good God and Father of all love, grace and mercy provide comfort in your time of grief and sorrow. I wish I had the words to express what I feel for you all. Probably some of the best I’ve ever read or heard come from William Penn (1644-1718), founder of the province of Pennsylvania and later made popular in a poem by author Rossiter Raymond (1840-1918), especially the line most often quoted, “Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight,” words that I’ve used in funerals I’ve conducted, words that bring tears to my eyes: We seem to give him back to you, dear God, who gave him to us. Yet as you did not lose him in giving, so we have not lost him by his returning. Not as the world gives, do you give, O Lover of Souls! What you give, you do not take away. For what is yours is ours always, if we are yours. Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight. Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further; cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly; draw us closer to yourself that we may know ourselves nearer to our beloved who is with you. And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us for that happy place, that where they are, and you are, we too may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Our love and thoughts go out to all our family in North Carolina as well as our wish that we all lived much closer than we do! Take care of one another, comfort each other and love one another deeply as you grieve the loss of your beloved Jeremy.
Mitchell Watkins Jr & Elizabeth Williams-Watkins of Marble Falls, San Antonio and Lytle, Texas
Dennis, Betty, Chris.. Precious Family... My heart just broke last night when Jay tearfully told me about this great loss. I know there aren't words that will ease the pain or fill the huge void in this life now, but I pray for you the strength to endure that only HE can provide. I'm so thankful for the blessing of precious "neighbors" and the KNOW of loving friends as family that we are so lucky to have. I will always remember watching Jay, Jerm, Chris and all the other little boys playing and having such fun growing up in Green Acres. I'm so thankful that they (we) have lifelong friendships and those sweet memories, that a lot of kids don't now days. We pray you have the peace and comfort in the know of HIS promise, and feel our precious LORD's arms around you all. Know that you all are in our thoughts, prayers and we are sending you much love. Love you all... Vonda, Chanda, and Jay.... The Gary Propest's.
Vonda Propest Taylor
We were so sad to hear of Bubba’s passing. He was the best man in our wedding and lived with us in Louisville for a little while. Aaron loved him dearly. Thanks to Facebook we could keep up with each other’s families and he always had the nicest things to say. My heart goes out to all of you. Bubba, you will be missed.
Jenny Bridge
My God surround you all with comfort and peace only He can give. You are in our prayers. For God's people, death is only a short separation. The great reunion is coming.
Anita Chastain
Sending prayers for the family and friends of an awesome man, brother. I served with him in Germany as a fellow Apache. Miss you Bubba!
Michael Hall
Rest easy my Apache brother. See you soon enough...we have the watch now.
Eric R. Knott
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers to help you through this difficult time. Jeremy was a good man and I'm thankful for his service to protect our country. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you through this difficult time.
Louetta S Constante
Rest in Peace will forever be remembered
Anthony Barber(former Apache)..
Betty my prayers have been with you and your family
Belinda W cable
Will always remember our talks about life and my son passing from cancer in 2017 at age 13. He so loved his son and tried to fight this battle for him, I so wish a cure could be found. I am sorry for your loss a little boy growing up without doing things a father and son do. Always remember loved ones so they are not forgotten. Hopefully one day we can understand why some have to leave early and leave us behind. Praying for your comfort and peace
Howell Brown Jr
Jeremy always treated me well and was an important part of our side of the family. I am proud of his service to the country in the US Army, and to the world as a NATO peacekeeper during the war in Kosovo. I am comforted by the peace he now owns, and that he will reunite with his entire family in the next life. All my condolences prayers to our family members. Our prayers will continue.
Chad Upton