Michael "Big Red" Watkins

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Michael "Big Red" Watkins

Memorial services celebrating the life of Michael "Big Red" Watkins, will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at The Pentecostals of Alexandria, with the Reverend Anthony Mangun , officiating, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

The family asks that visitation be observed Saturday, November 17, 2012, at The Pentecostals of Alexandria, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Michael "Big Red" Watkins, 30, of Cotile, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2012, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas.

He was a member of The Pentecostals of Alexandria where he was a past member of the Mass Choir and a Roman Soldier in Messiah. He was an instructor for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Hunter Education Program for six years, as well as, a Reserve Deputy in the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. During his working career he worked as a forklift operator at Union Tank Car (UTLX) in Alexandria and had worked as a production technician at Boise Cascade for many years.

Michael graduated from Northwood High School in 2001. He got his nickname "Big Red" from his teammates while playing Junior Varsity and Varsity Football. He then went on to earn a degree from Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents; Glenn and Karen McGlothlin Watkins, his girlfriend; Brenda Guillory, brother; Matthew Watkins and wife Jessica, sister; Leah Watkins Pellerin and husband Elton; nephews, Remington Watkins, Justin Pellerin; grandmother, Faye Branch Watkins and a host of other family members and friends.

The family would like to extend special heartfelt thanks to the many doctors, nurses and all hospital staff members of Freedman Clinic of Internal Medicine and CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Ochsner's Hospital in New Orleans and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas that cared for Michael during the last five months. So many touched our lives through their service, commitment and dedication and will forever be our friends.

To extend online condolences to the Watkins family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 14, 2012
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