He was a retired truck driver for Long Concrete and a member of New Zion Baptist Church. He was a member of the US Army.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Watkins; one daughter, Cheryl Smith, of Benton; two sisters, Alice Collins of Robinsville, N.C., Norma Doyle of Greenfield, Ill.; one brother, Larry Watkins of Madisonville; and two grandchildren, Allison and Evan Smith, of Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvel Watkins and Mary (Whalen) Watkins.
Graveside Funeral service was held at New Zion Cemetery on April 13. Rev. Mike Littrell and Rev. C.C. Brasher officiated. Interment followed.
Memorial contributions may be given to the New Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Lorretta Rudolph, 3288 Jackson School Rd., Benton, KY 42025.