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Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo)

3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, AL

OBITUARY

Tommy Felton Watkins

December 19, 1927July 31, 2019

Tommy Felton Watkins, age 91, of Pelham, Alabama passed away on Wednesday July 31, 2019. Tommy was an Alabama native, born December 19, 1927.

He will join in Heaven his loving wife of 71 years Margaret Watkins; son, Tommy Watkins Jr.; and parents S.D. and Bertha Lee Clark Watkins.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his children, Linda Callaway (Fred), Dianne Leinbach (David), David Watkins, Patricia Brasher (John Jacobs), Bobby Watkins (Rachel), Michael Watkins (Judy), Joel Watkins, and Becky McElroy (Randy); 23 grandchildren; and a host of great grand children, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Tommy served his country in both the Airforce and the Navy after WWII; he spent time stationed in Okinawa before being transferred to New Hampshire where he met and married the love of his life; shortly after, they returned to his home of Alabama. He worked has as a heavy equipment mechanic in order to support his quickly growing family. Tommy was also a musician, he was particularly fond of the guitar and harmonica, and spent many hours teaching his children and grandchildren to play. He was always up for a game of cards to pass the time and was the best story teller around, his family could sit and listen for hours to the tales he spun. most importantly Tommy was a born again Christian; He was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Helena, and taught his children and many grandchildren about God's great love.

Visitation will be held for Mr. Watkins Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo) from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held Monday, August 5, 2019 at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Helena, Alabama at 12:15 pm, followed by a committal service at Alabama National Cemetery at 2:00 pm

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.rockcofuneralmontevallo.com for the Watkins family.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, August 5, 2019

Memories

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Judy Watkins

August 1, 2019

My favorite memories were when we played Rook. Tommy was always my partner and Michael and Margaret were partners. Margaret and Michael would always try and outbid each other and me and Tommy would set them every time. We had more fun and lots of laughter and would play hours at a time. I love and miss you my sweet paw in law. ❤️ Love your “FAVORITE “ daughter in law

Cynthia Smith

August 1, 2019

This is my Paw. He was always fun and fun loving. I have so many memories of him visiting us when I was little. We lived out of state so when I would hear Granny and Paw were coming it was like Christmas morning was coming. He always made me feel like he wanted me around, like I was important to him. He always made me laugh. He picked on me and at me. In his later years he learned to say I love you. He had always made me feel he did without it being said. I’m gonna miss his stories about the military, about his childhood, his singing and making up “I went to see my Cindy songs,” his harmonica playing, and guitar playing. I’m gonna miss playing 10,000 and taking rides in the car. I’m gonna miss having a Paw! I know he’s in heaven and I will strive to see him again. I love you Paw give granny a great big hug for me.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY