Ollie Belle Palmer

Published 8:29 am Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ollie Belle Palmer of Wilkesboro died on April 28, 2018.

She was born in Thorpe, W.Va. on March 4, 1930, to Dennis C. Palmer and Martie W. Palmer. She became Ollie Belle Palmer Watkins in 1950 when she married Blair F. Watkins, who preceded her in death in 2011. She was a generous lady with a natural tendency to help others and worked at  Wilkes General, other hospitals, and the medical department at Tyson. After retirement, she chose to continue helping others, and worked at  Wilkes Community College.  he was a member at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where she served as pianist for more than 50 years.

Survivors: 4 sons, Anthony B. “Toney” (Denise) Watkins, Johnny T. (Jeanette) Watkins, Marty S. (Deardria) Watkins, and William K. “Billy” (Andera) Watkins; a daughter, Shirlene W. (Al) Hurtado; 2 sisters, Mary H. (James) Brown and Teressa Hill; 2 brothers, Bobby Palmer and Sylvester (Cleo) Palmer; a family friend who’s thought of as a son, David (Shelida) Hamilton; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorials: Pleasant Hill Baptist, 731 Fairplains Rd., North Wilkesboro, 28659; or Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1016 Fletcher St. Wilkesboro, 28697.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. at the church.

Condolences: www.GrahamFuneralHome.net.