Charles Wesley Watkins, 85, of Oakland, Calif., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Oakland. He was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Surry County to Clifford and Laura Jones Watkins. Mr. Watkins was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michelle Watkins; three brothers, Bryson, Jerry and Lanny Watkins; and step-daughter, Laquinta James.
Charles is survived by his wife, Joan Watkins of the home; sisters, Carolyn Martin and Hattie Dowell, both of Jonesville; step-daughters, Tina and Credella Carroll; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Miller Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ernest Martin and Elder Melvin Herring officiating. Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 1142 will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 12:30-1:45 Thursday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com
Pallbearers will be Myron Dowell, Christian Gibbs, Chris Cowles, Jerique Penn, Charles Martin and Tony Dowell. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Thomas and AJ Allen.