Charles L. Watkins Jr., 97, musician who played drums with many orchestras

Charles L. Watkins Jr.
Charles L. Watkins Jr.

Charles L. Watkins Jr., 97, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. He was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Zebulon, Georgia, to Dr. and Mrs. Charles Watkins Sr. He graduated from the University of Georgia and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a district manager with Crawford and Company, an international risk management firm, for 35 years. His work took him to Daytona Beach, Florida; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Norfolk, where he retired in 1984. He was a man of many interests including piloting his own plane, playing drums with several orchestras, writing a published book, playing semi pro baseball, playing golf, and, most recently, playing pool. He was also a past member of the Princess Anne Country Club.

Mr. Watkins was a man of deep faith, having taught Sunday school for 24 years. He served as an elder for 16 years at the Virginia Beach Community Chapel. He could best be described as a man of integrity and humility.

He was especially devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Cheney Watkins; and daughters, Elizabeth W. Moore (Jack P. Bain, fiancé) and Jane W. Rhodes (Tommy Rhodes, who he loved as a son). His grandchildren were a special blessing to him, Madison Moore Brown (Vincent), Charles Glen Lein, Ansley Moore Lane (Benjamin) and Tucker James Lein. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles L. Watkins III.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Charles may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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