Lillie Mae Watkins Fields passed from this earthy life early Monday, January 11, 2021 at Kempsville Health and Rebab Center, VA Beach, VA to rest with our heavenly Father. She was born November 29, 1923 to the late George W. Watkins and Marrietta Roberts Watkins- Wilson and her stepfather Eddie L. Wilson (Pop daddy). She was married to the late Raymond Fields.
Lillie was a graduate of Isle of Wight Training School in Smithfield, VA. She joined St Mark RZUA Church in Norfolk, VA with her husband Raymond in 1989 and served faithfully on the Deaconess Board. She was employed for twenty plus years and retired as a Greeting Card Designer for American Greeting Cards in Cleveland, Ohio, and a personal assistant for the owners. Upon moving back to VA, she worked and retired as a presser 21 years at Navy Base Tailor Shop NEX NOB, Norfolk. She received the Bingham Award for 5 years, the Bravo, Zuro and CPO awards and many customer services awards. She loved having family visiting and wanted her pants pressed with creases or they were unacceptable.
Lillie’s three brothers and their wives preceded her in death: Eugene (Virginia) Watkins, George Amos Watkins (Grace) and Charles B. (Lelia) and her niece Aston D. Howard.
Treasuring her memory is a keepsake for her nieces and nephew; Joyce V. Guess and Gloria A. Watkins of Baltimore, MD. her caregivers; Evelyn L. Harris (Sherrita Williams), Smithfield, VA, Mary L. Thornton, Portsmouth, VA, Rithia W. Stokley (Timothy, Sr.) Accokeek, MD, Sherrie McDowell, Suffolk, VA and Charles Wayne Watkins (Lisa)Smithfield, VA; special nephew, Wayne Thornton, Sr., her adopted daughter Patricia Felton, Norfolk, VA; her church daughters, Annette Harris, and Catherine Barnes, Norfolk, VA, adopted daughter; Rosemary L. Moore, Cleveland, Ohio; stepdaughter Elaine Grant, Statesville, NC; step granddaughter; Karen Brooks, Norfolk, VA and step grandson Pierre Williams, VA Beach, step nieces an; Stephene Brown, Washington, DC, Eleanore (Jim) Brown and Paul Brown, VA Beach, VA, along with childhood special friends, Mother Frances A. Perry and Dorothy B. Byrd, Smithfield, VA, special friend William White and his son James, VA Beach; her dear friends Myrna Tatar, San Francisco, CA her son Eric and Deborah (Steve Harrison) Tatar, Blacksburg, VA. Cherishing Aunt Lil’s memory are several great, great- great nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.
All of her labors are done, and she has exchanged this old home for a mansion that shall never decay. We say goodbye to our beloved Lillie for now until we meet on the beautiful shore. Our love for you remains and our memories keep you near.