OBITUARY

Lauren "PaPa" Arthur Watkins

December 10, 1944June 8, 2021

Lauren Arthur Watkins passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Lauren was born in Missouri on December 10, 1944. He worked for Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta, retiring after many years of dedicated service. He met and married, Phyllis Blount. Together, they built a life of love, support and caring for all of their family.

PaPa, as he was affectionately called, was a strong "man's man." He loved the outdoors. Everyone knew about his vegetable gardens and his care for his yard and home. Although he was never able to serve in the military, he was a true patriot. PaPa was an active and fun loving person. He was also well-known for his famous cookies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; daughter, Crystal Kendrick and fur babies, Maddie, Tink and JJ.

Lauren's life will forever be remembered and cherished by his wife, Phyllis Watkins; daughters, Carrie (Thomas) Messina, Kelly (Teresa Hetrick) Watkins, Dara Cooper, Deanna (Scott) Fincher and Hayley (Alex) Waltenbaugh; son, Wesley Watkins; fur baby, Sissy; grandchildren, Brandy (Johnathan Daniecki) Glaze, Kelesha (Leonard) Bland, Michael (Marcia) Monckton, Charles (Dawn) Goodwin, Mike (Helen) Thomason, Clinton Thomason, Lauren (Chris) Messina, Rebecca Rice, Nicholas Iannuzzi, Baleigh (Tyler) Fincher, Abigail Fincher, Teagan Waltenbaugh, Bobby Glaze, Vaida Glaze, Crystlynn Glaze, Ansley Wilson and Sophia Glaze; sister-in-law, Linda Whitaker; a host of great-grandchildren, other relatives and family friends.

A Service of Honor for Mr. Lauren Arthur Watkins will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:00PM at Harvest Baptist Church, 2075 Highway 212, Covington, Georgia, where the family has invited guests to join them for a meal and Celebration of Life immediately following the Service of Honor.

Services

  • Service of Honor

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, June 11, 2021

Memories

Lauren "PaPa" Arthur Watkins

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Hayley Waltenbaugh

June 9, 2021

April 1st papa/dad walked me down the isle and gave me away to a wonderful man. I can just remember the moments before that . His smile and hug made everything complete . He was such a wonderful father . Truly left a impact on my life . Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him and grandma . I can’t thank him enough for taking us in and raising us as his own . I love you dad !!

BRANDY LAZENBY

June 9, 2021

Sending prayers and condolences to Phyllis and the family. Lauren was a great man and will be missed dearly.

Carrie Messina

June 9, 2021

My daddy was always so loving. He would sit and listen to what ever you had to say no matter what it was. Then give you the straight up truth. I am so grateful for the father I had growing up. I am glad and proud I am just like him. I will miss him so much.

Mechele Rivad

June 9, 2021

Sending my condolences and healing Prayers to my Aunt Phyllis, my cousin Deanna, Brandy and all their families❣❣🙏🙏

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