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From as far back as he can remember Willie Watkins’ life has been immersed in end of life rituals. He has, in fact, been a lifelong student of mortality. Frequenting funerals as a young boy in rural Georgia, later becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and ultimately proprietor of Atlanta’s busiest mortuary, Watkins has likely spent as much time in the presence of the deceased as he has among the living. He is equally comfortable in either realm, celebrating both life and death with a trademark style, equanimity and sincerity.

 

There’s not much difference in the little boy growing up in Scottdale, Georgia under the doting and watchful eye of his grandmother, and the man who is a mortuary mogul today. Born with a personality as big as his heart, Watkins has always cared about making people happy, always worked hard to excel, and always exhibited an impeccable flair for fashion.

 

Young Willie would dress in his Sunday best to accompany his grandmother, known around town as Mother Guinn, on her weekly funeral rounds after church. The tiny town was a close-knit community where everyone knew everyone and every passing was duly noted. While making funeral drop-ins, sometimes to several services in a day, his grandmother would comment on the deceased’s appearance, saying how good so-and-so looked. To the six year old boy they merely looked asleep, but the experience made an indelible impression on him. He realized that seeing the dearly departed appear to be at peace in the casket gave comfort to those left behind to grieve their loss. - Read More

 

West End Chapel

404-758-1731

1003 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30310

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Douglasville Chapel

770-489-6751

8312 Dallas Hwy.

Douglasville, GA 30134

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Special Events Chapel

770-482-2376

5843 Redan Rd.

Lithonia, GA 30058

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Carrollton Chapel

770-836-0044

602 Newnan Rd.

Carrollton, GA 30117

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Riverdale Chapel

770-909-8800

6580 Church St.

Riverdale, GA 30274

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