Charles Edward Watkins was born October 25th, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas to Lee Ed and Mildred Watkins. He was the third oldest of twelve siblings.
Charles grew up in the Kansas City School District where he attended Wendell Phillips Elementary, Central Junior and graduated from Central High School in 1964. After high school he went to join the Army and served during the Vietnam War.
Charles accepted Christ at an early in his life.
He then married Joyce Johnson. To that union there were three beautiful daughters: Kimberly, Nicole and Branden.
Charles worked as a professional painter for many years.
Charles was very astute with the knowledge of civil rights, politics, history and social issues. At family gatherings, he was always the first to begin conversations on world and current events.
Over the years, Charles collected a large assortment of model cars. He also gave model cars to his nephews and grandson as gifts.
Charles was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was supportive of his family and took pride in attending family functions. Other family members may have missed a gathering, but Charles was always there supplying the paper products.
He never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and continue non-stop.
Charles resided at Palestine Gardens where he connected with many residents participating in social gatherings and activities.
His parents, Lee Ed and Mildred Watkins, sister Dorothy Rodgers, brothers Daniel, Eugene and Bill Watkins preceded him in death.
He is survived by three daughters; Kimberly, Nicole, and Branden Watkins; Two grandchildren, Stephan House Jr and Logan Watkins; One great granddaughter Malina Watkins; Five sisters, Ruthie Watkins, Betty Vaughn, Josephine Conaway, Barbara Bryant and Shelia Brock; Two brothers, Lee Ed Watkins Jr and Raymond Watkins; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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