Veola Louise White Watkins

Published 1:26 pm Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mrs. Veola Louise White Watkins, 80, of Atmore, slept on into eternal peace on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at her residence.

She was a native of Atmore and the only child born to her parents, Grady and Leanna White. She was a graduate of Escambia County Training School and attended Faulkner State Community College. She was a retiree of Monsanto (Solutia) Textile and Chemical Plant in Pensacola. As a member of Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church, she worked in the Missionary Society and the Sunday school.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Goodhope Chapter #429/Goodwill Chapter #845. She was a member of the Neighborhood Garden Club and former member of the Atmore Community Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), former member of the American Red Cross, former advisor of The Ladies of Essence, and had worked at election polls until her health failed.

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Mrs. Veola’s legacy will live on the memories of her three children, Brenda Watkins and Roderick “Len” Watkins, both of Atmore and John (Joyce) Watkins, III of Pensacola, Fla.; nine grandchildren, one very devoted, Yvette “Nikki” Watkins of Atmore; aunts, cousins, and many friends.

A celebration of her life was held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. R. L. Hosley, eulogist, and the Rev. Joseph Williams, pastor. Retirements of her remains were placed next to her husband, the Honorable John Watkins Jr. in the Fairview Cemetery, with Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC, directing.