Charles “Peanut” Watkins

Charles “Peanut” Watkins

November 30, 1945 – May 18, 2022

WENDELL – Charles “Peanut” Watkins, 76, passed away on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022. He was born in Durham County to the late Frank & Mary Jeans Watkins. He served his country honorably in the United States Marines and worked as an Auto Parts Salesman. During his spare time, “Peanut” was an avid golfer and loved working in his yard. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Watkins.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria Watkins; son, Chris Watkins (Angela); grandchildren, Macon Watkins (Samantha), Annabeth Watkins, Avery Watkins and many dear friends.

Funeral service, 2 PM, Friday, May 27, 2022, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC. Burial will follow in the Knightdale Baptist Church Cemetery, 264 Mailman Rd, Knightdale, NC. Mr. Watkins will lie in repose on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 9am – 5pm.


  • Ray and Saundra Freeman Posted May 21, 2022 2:37 pm

    Gloria, words cannot begin to express our sorrow on the passing of “Peanut”.. We love you both so much and we are here for you anytime. He was always in Ray’s prayers at night. “The “Chair will always remind us that the only time he wasn’t there, was due to pain. We all will miss him and if you need to scream, just do it. If I can help, I will be glad too. You have an entire Sunday School room full of members to help anytime right there just for you. Ray and Saundra

  • Stuart Shearin Posted May 23, 2022 7:52 am

    As a golfing mate of Peanut, I always enjoyed my time spent with him on the golf cart. He was always so spirited and loved the commaraderie shared with his golfing buds. I had the pleasure to ride with him numerous times. Although his physical challenges limited him somewhat, he was a fiery competitor and wanted to do his very best every time he swung at the ball. His language tended to the “salty” side when we were competing but he was always an encourager of others. Somehow or another he always won more money than he lost?? I will miss our friendship and his spirit. As will all his WCC golfing buddies.
    Sincere condolences to the family and Godspeed. He was one of the “good ones “.

  • Neal Conoley Posted May 23, 2022 3:02 pm

    Peanut was a great friend and we will miss him. We offer our sincere condolences and we will continue to pray for Gloria, Chris and the grandchildren.

  • Wanda Thompson Posted May 24, 2022 3:33 pm

    He will be missed by us all but especially his wife Gloria and his son Chris and his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.

  • Ronald Dillon Posted June 3, 2022 4:54 pm

    Dear Gloria, I considered myself as a best friend of Peanut along with Sammy Cherry and Ed Lanier from about 1954 when I was eight years old until about 1967 when I joined the U.S. Navy. The one thing I knew best about Peanut was that Gloria was the absolute love of his life. Even now that I am 74 years old I still consider Peanut as perhaps the most significant friend I ever had. My condolences and best wishes to you and your whole family.

  • Donna Cooke Posted July 6, 2022 11:13 am

    Gloria, I am so sorry to hear of Peanut’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. I am here wherever you me. Love to you and Chris and all the family.

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