Reverend J. C. Watkins
LONGVIEW — Services for Reverend J. C. Watkins, 75 of Longview, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Parkview Baptist Church Longview, TX. Rev. Jamie Brown will be the eulogist. Arrangements are with Craig Funeral Home. Reverend J. C. Watkins was born in Tatum, TX on December 11, 1942 to Verdell and Grady Watkins. Reverend Watkins graduated from Mayflower High School, Mayflower, TX and Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, TX. Later in 1980 he met and married the love of his life Betty Jo Lee. Reverend Watkins taught in several school districts which included Pearl C. Anderson Dallas, TX; Mineola High School Mineola, TX; New Diana High School Diana, TX; Carthage High School Carthage, TX where he taught and coached football. He later retired from Henderson High School Henderson, TX. He began his Ministry the third Sunday of March 1974, when he was called as the Pastor of New Light Baptist Church Kilgore, TX. After serving there for a year, New Light and Antioch Baptist Church combined and became New Light of Antioch. Upon serving there for the next three years, he was called to New Bethel Baptist Church in Longview, TX where he served for three years. Then in May of 1985, Reverend Watkins was called to Parkview Missionary Baptist Church at 805 Washington St. And even though the address later changed, the Pastor did not. Reverend Watkins continued to deliver his biblical message in such a way that the young or seasoned member could understand each and every one of his messages. Along with his many years of serving, Reverend Watkins also served as President of the Hopewell Central District Congress for several years. He also served as 1st Vice Moderator for a number of years. He later served as the President of the Longview Area Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. Reverend Watkins gained his wings as he passed away peacefully on August 19th at 7:24 p.m. surrounded by loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father Grady Watkins and a brother Michael Watkins. Left to forever cherish his memory are his loving wife, Betty Jo Lee Watkins; his children, John Carson Watkins, Curtis J. Watkins, Reverend Jamie Brown, Kelisa Watkins and Keith Watkins; his mother, Verdell Bridges; his siblings, Jeannie Pitts, Belinda Weems, Pamelia (John) Johnson, Lois (Charles) Nichols, John L. Watkins, Lester Watkins, Olando (Bridget) Watkins, Leon (Linda) Watkins, Ronald (Peggy) Watkins, Billy (Cathy) Watkins, Arvestor Watkins, Monty Faye Watkins; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; special friend, Rev. Keith Cullors; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.