Charles “Chuck” T. Watkins, Jr.
August 28, 1943 - April 30, 2018
Charles Thomas Watkins, Jr. left us on Monday, April 30, 2018, to be with his loving wife and best friend Ann Watkins, who predeceased him just 37 days prior on March 24, 2018.
Charles Chuck Watkins was raised in New Castle, Delaware, and was a graduate of De La Warr High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Florida Southern University before serving the Navy as an officer aboard the U.S.S. Essex from 1966 to 1970. Chuck continued his human services career at the State of Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families until he retired in 2008 with 37 years of service. Coach Watkins also spent countless hours serving the Canal Little League as a board member, baseball, and softball coach. As someone who lived a life of service, hard work and dedication to his family, Chuck will be missed by all of those fortunate enough to have known him.
Chuck was 74, and was predeceased by his wife, Ann H. Watkins; father Charles Thomas Watkins, Sr.; and his mother Marjorie Lee Watkins. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie (Marge) Watkins Young; son, Charles T. Watkins III (Chip); daughter, Kathryn A. Bailey (Katie), and son-in-law Rodney D. Bailey, all of Newark, Delaware. He is also survived by five loving grandchildren, Bethany G. Watkins, Jeffrey C. Bailey, Heather E. Bailey, Tyler D. Bailey and Maddie J. Heeney.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 8:30 am until 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 9:30 am. Interment will follow at 11 am in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chuck’s name to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE, 19711.
10 Condolences for Charles “Chuck” T. Watkins, Jr.
To all my family, I am going to miss my “Budder”.Love you all Aunt Siss
Rich and Nan Steiman
So sorry to hear. Worked with your Dad for several years. Enjoyed his company.
May both your Mom and Dad rest in peace.
It was a pleasure being involved in Canal Little League and Greater Newark Flag Football with Chuck. He was a coach that had a huge influence on all the kids he was involved with in his coaching, helping to steer them right.
Chuck will be missed by all that were touched by him. My sincerest sympathies go out to his family.
Alaina Burgess Cazier
Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
So sorry for your loss! Great friend and great coach! We have a lot of great softball memories that will last a lifetime! Prayers coming your way! The Baker Family
Steve, robin, kelly and Stephen ❤️
I choose to remember my Uncle when I was but a kid, as always being with the family while we vacationed at my grand parents beach house.
My best memories are of Sam( as my Grandfather called him) being at the tiller of Pops old green fishing boat as we headed out to the coral beds to trout fish.
We were children when he was in the Navy and I have a picture of my brother and I in our USS Essex sweatshirts and genuine US Navy Dixie Cups!
In short, he was the kind of Uncle that kids needed, liked and respected. Bravo Zulu on a life well lived!
So sorry to hear of Chuck’s death. Chuck worked for me at the Division of Economic Services in Health and Social Services.
Then I stole him to come work with me at the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. He was a trusted co-worker and a friend. He is with his beloved Ann and they are bother happier now. God bless the entire Watkins family.
I am so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. Chuck was one of my favorite managers. I had so much respect for him as a person as well as professionally. He was a wealth of knowledge and I learned so much from him. I was very fortunate to have known him and will never forget him. To his family, I send my most heartfelt condolences.
So sorry to hear the sad news. We worked together for years and Chuck’s advice was always the Best, he is in a better place. God Bless the family during this very difficult time.
I am so sorry about your loss. I worked with Chuck in the Kids’ Department. He was the best HR manager and provided very thoughtful advice. Chuck was so good at what he did because he was so knowledgeable and he really cared about people. I will always be thankful for the help he provided me. Now he and Ann be together again. May God bless!