Grace Watkins Martin

13p1.previewGrace Watkins Martin, 75, of 2914 Lon St., Shelby, N.C., entered eternal rest on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Cherryville, N.C.

Widow of Clifford Martin, she was born in Cherokee County and was the daughter of the late Oscar and Elizabeth Woods Watkins. She was a member of Suck Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by five siblings, Betty Jean Watkins, Joyce Watkins, Kathleen Rodgers, Jeff Watkins and Calvin Watkins.

Surviving are a son, Clifford C. Martin Jr. (Caroline) of New York City; two daughters, Jessie Phillips (Ronald) of Shelby and Lisa Rice (Adrian) of Mooresboro, N.C.; a sister, Geraldine Sarratt (Nathaniel) and a sisterin law, Audrey Watkins, all of Gaffney; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Suck Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Macomson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. She will lie in state from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.