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Teresa Cale Griffith Watkins

Posted on February 22, 2021


Teresa Cale Griffith Watkins passed away at age 56 on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Living Center after her battle with primary esophageal carcinoma, a rare and unrelenting form of cancer.

Born in Ahoskie, Teresa was a lifelong resident of the state. She was a 1982 graduate of Southern Nash Senior High School. She graduated from Nash Community College’s real estate salesperson program and held her sales and broker’s licenses for many years. Teresa later graduated from Cape Fear Community College’s occupational therapy assistant program where she maintained a 4.0 grade point average, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and served as vice president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association club. Specializing in geriatrics, she practiced as a certified occupational assistant for almost 20 years and took great pride in her work. Teresa was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Jan. 18, 2020.

Teresa was preceded in death by her brother, Ryan Travis Cale; sister-in-law, Lois Cale; son-in-law, Derrick Scott Benton; and her mother-in-law, Ruby Mae Davis Watkins.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin Lee Watkins Jr. of Castle Hayne; her father and stepmother, Merle and Carolyn Cale of Spring Hope, and her mother, Patricia Sellers of Rocky Mount. She also leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Anna Griffith and Ian Jerome Munna; her son, Ryan Lee Watkins; stepdaughters, Amanda Kate Watkins and Sara Watkins Benton; granddaughter, Elizabeth Kate Benton; and her brother and sister-in-law, William Allen and Peggy Ticconi Cale.

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