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Dr. Nellouise D. Watkins died at her Greensboro home on Saturday, March 25, due to complications of breast cancer, at 92 years old. She was a mother, an author, a scientist, and an educator. Her greatest career success was during her time at Bennett College, a private institution for women where she joined the mathematics department in 1961. During her tenure, she received her Ph.D. in computer science in 1979 and was instrumental in securing $7 million in grants to the college. She successfully nurtured many young African-American women who later became computer technologists, scientists, educators, and physicians. She was involved in projects with the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Her passion was for the Saturday Academy, where she functioned as administrator and teacher for 30 years. This program encouraged local businesses and community organizations to support children from 10-15 years of age as they had extracurricular work in mathematics, science, English and computer science. In addition to these academic areas, the real lessons were about character, conduct, perseverance, dignity and respect. She remains a formidable influence on our family. Her husband, Dr. Flotilla Watkins, passed away in 1994 after 50 years of marriage. She is survived by their three children: Dr. Flotillo Watkins, Dr. Sharon Cooper-Brooks, and Dr. Paul Watkins. There are also four grandchildren, Quentin Brown, Sunni Madison, Tresca Nellouise Pennington, and Flotilla Watkins III, as well as seven great-grandchildren. Please join us in honoring Dr. Nellouise Watkins. Family visitation will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 1, 2017 at St. James Presbyterian Church, 820 Ross Ave, Greensboro North Carolina. The funeral will begin at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bennett College, 900 E. Washington St., Greensboro, NC 27401; reference Dr. Nellouise Watkins. Online remembrances may be posted at

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  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    God Bless. Be there for the family for such a wonderful family.Your father and mother was such a wonderful couple God bless them both.I will never for get them.My daughter is her wiy\th their prayer.
    ~ Bertha Devane   Greensboro, NC
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Dr Watkins taught me lots of classes at Bennett College between 1963-67, We all loved her and her husband too . I was a math major. Each year the two of them took the math majors to dinner at a nice restaurant My condolences to all of you.
    ~ Gloria Benson Gordon   Philadelphia, PA
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Dr. Watkins was an awesome pioneer in Education. I always looked forward to seeing her at the Saturday Academy at NCA&T and lately wondered where she was. To the family, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Dr. Watkins' words of encouragement and emphasis on education will travel for generations to come.
    ~ Queen E. Sweeper   Greensboro, NC
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Flot, Sharon, Paul: You are who you are today because of the good fortune you had to be loved and nurtured by your beloved Mother, Nellouise Watkins. This we have seen up close as our families were intertwined at one time. Nell and Ophelia; Flot, Sr. and CD. Nell and Ophelia talking so many times as good friends do. Flot and CD, calling each other CHIEF and talking Medicine and/or nodding as the ladies talked. They also shared Tuesday nights playing bridge; but talking/laughing just as much as playing cards. Thank you for sharing your Moma with the Greensboro community (and beyond). She has been a beacon of hope to and for so many. We love you and offer our sincere condolences to each of you ..Judy and Clem.
    ~ Judith Chenevert   New Bern, NC
  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    To The Watkins Family: I wish to extend my condolence: Sorry to hear of your lose The Bible give much comfort and lessen the sorrow and grief. For it tells us why we are dying and the hope for the death. Romans 5 12 . Tells us why man is dying. John 5 28, 29 gives hope for the dead. Finally Isa 25 8,9 tells of a time when death will be swallowed up . I encourage you to read the Bible, Always go to God in prayer. Again I send my condolences L.Seaton
    ~ L Seaton   DE
  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    To the Watkins Family: Our deepest condolences. She was a wonderful woman. It was a pleasure knowing her. May the good Lord give the family peace during this time.
    ~ Olivia & Hattie Miles   Rosedale, MD
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    I am sorry for your loss. The Bible calls death an enemy, one that will be gone shortly as God's Kingdom with Jesus Christ as king will rid the earth of all God's enemies. We will see the fulfillment of Psalm 37:9-11 and 29, the wicked are gone and the righteous ones will live on the earth forever. Our happiness would not be complete without the loved ones we have lost. Jesus promised a resurrection at John 5:28-29 so we will see our loved ones again. Please take time to visit which provides many answers to Bible subjects.
    ~ Bobbi