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Rev. Charles Paul Watkins, Sr

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Date: Aug 24 2023 4:44 PM

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Rev. Charles Paul Watkins, Sr, 88, of Piedmont formerly of Guntersville, Al died Thursday August, 24 2023. Funeral arrangements will be Saturday August 26, 2023 with brother Phillips Elliot officiating the service. Burial will follow at Painter Cemetery in Crossville, Al. Family will receive friends from 12pm until time of service.

Charles was born to Paul and Vassie Watkins. He grew up in Slocomb, Al and graduated from Slocomb High School. Afterwards he moved to Columbus, Ga where he met Janelle Johnson and married in 1955. Charles served in the Air Force from 1959-1962. Charles was ordained as a minister in 1967. From that point, he was pastor in several Baptist churches in Georgia and Alabama. The last 17 years he served as Associate Pastor and Senior Adult Pastor at First Baptist church, Guntersville Al. He retired in August 2018. Charles truly had a love for Jesus and a servants heart.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Janelle Johnson Watkins; his parents; and his brother, Carl Watkins.

Survivors include his 2 daughters: Debbie Starling, Dothan, Al. and Teri Watkins, Guntersville, Al.; a son: Charles Watkins, Jr. (Gina), Piedmont, Al.; brother, Cary D. Watkins, Dothan Al; six grandchildren: Drew Key (Kellie), Headland, Al., Nathan Nailer (Ashley), Rainbow City, Al., Drake Key (Suzanne), Dothan, Al., Denton Key, Nashville, Tn; Whitney Grimes (Tyler), Piedmont, Al., Morgan Pike (Hunter) Piedmont, Al.; great-grandchildren: Brady Nailer, Kendall Nailer, Hattie Grace Grimes, Mary Calla Toulmin, Emilia Key, Riley Pike and Anderson Grimes.

The family will receive flowers or you can make donations to Children’s Hospital of Birmingham in his memory in honor of his great-granddaughter, Emilia Key. You can make those donations at

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Amedysis Hospice for their loving care.

Online condolences may be left to the family at:

Glencoe Hokes Bluff Funeral Home

“Our Family Serving Your Family”

Rev. Charles Paul Watkins, Sr

Rev. Charles Paul Watkins, Sr

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