ROCKINGHAM — Mount Zion United Church of Christ celebrated the lives of James Clyde (J.C.) and Ruth Watkins May 24 by naming a gathering hall after the couple, who were presented with a plaque to commemorate the event.
The special order of celebration with music, prayer and scripture readings culminated in a meal blessed by the Rev. Dian G. Jackson, pastor of the church.
J.C. Watkins, a deacon in the church and native of Richmond County, served on the Rockingham City Council for 17 years and on the Richmond County Board of Commissioners for 18 years.
He was employed by Richmond County Schools for a total of 41 years, starting as a teacher before becoming a principal and later an assistant superintendent.
Ruth Watkins, formerly Ruth Perry, is also an educator. The couple has a son, William Clyde Watkins, who lives in Durham.
— Melonie Flomer