“Charlie” was born in Ocala, Fla., and grew up playing sports, hunting, and fishing.
He attended Chipola Junior College in Florida. He was a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.
He was working at Lockheed as a manufacturing engineer when called to active duty. Later Charlie came to Benton, to the area where his father had grown up, to work at Consolidated Aluminum in management. He then worked at General Tire in management. Afterwards he spent many years as a real estate agent with ReMax.
He was on the Board of Realtors as a director and a member of the Chamber of Commerce during this time.
During his lifetime he was an avid hunter, bird watcher, and fisherman. He served several years as director of the Benton Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He was a charter member of the local Quail Unlimited organization. He was a member at one time of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, LBL Sportsmen’s Club, Calvert City Gun Club and Trout Unlimited.
He was delighted as a lifetime member to see the progress of the Friends of Clarks River Refuge Group.
He was a veteran and served in the Army Reserve. He was given the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Martha Layne Collins.
Charlie was a member of Benton First United Methodist Church and was a member of Faith’s Journey Sunday School class.
Charlie and his wife of 48 years, Kay Watkins, have two sons, Charles Louis Watkins II “Chuck” and his wife, Diana, of Benton and Dr. Carl Lawson Watkins and his wife, Amy, of Owensboro. Charlie and Kay have three grandchildren. They are Porter Watkins, Reagan Watkins and Eli Watkins of Owensboro and step-grandson, Hunter Stubblefield of Benton.
His sister is Mary Ellen Alexander of Atlanta, Ga. His brother is James E. Watkins of Pensacola, Florida. His parents were the late Mary Connell Watkins and Ed L. Watkins.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 9, in the chapel of the Collier Funeral Home. Rev. David Atkinson officiated. Interment was in the Benton Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Benton First United Methodist Church Youth Group, 845 Hwy 641 Spur, Benton, KY 42025.