Funeral services for Forrest Glenn Watkins, 95, resident of Brooklet, were held Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Kite First Baptist Church with Reverend Burton Dixon and Reverend W.L. Currie officiating. Interment followed at Kite City Cemetery. The family received friends at Kite First Baptist Church one hour prior to the service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, service attendees were encouraged to use a face covering and to socially distance. He died Monday, August 23, 2021 in Statesboro.
Mr. Forrest Glenn Watkins was born in Kite, son of the late Mills B. Watkins Jr. and Martha Elizabeth (Mattie) Crawford Watkins. A talented musician and owner of Watkins Insurance Agency in Albany, he played in the Dixie Playboys Band and was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in November 2001. While in Albany, Mr. Watkins was a member of Masonic Lodge 693 and Masonic Lodge 861. He was also a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Albany Christian Business Committee, the Albany Civitan Club, and the Albany Amateur Radio Club. Additionally, he was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jesse Watkins and Hugh Watkins; and sisters, Evelyn Watkins Brown, Rachel Watkins Greenway, and Missy Watkins.
Family members include his children, Forrest Wayne Watkins of Birmingham, Alabama, Larry Dale Watkins of Albany, daughter Mary Glenda Watkins Rambo of Albany, fiancé Annette Wilson of Brooklet, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jim Ward, Brian Beegle , Larry Morris, Zach Watkins, Tony Watkins, and Josh Ward.
Tomlinson Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.