Manchester veteran and chaplain Charley Watkins was honored Tuesday, April 30 at O’Charley’s restaurant with a proclamation by Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and recognition by Craig Barber, President of O’Charley’s and CEO of its parent company, ABRH.
The honor follows a social media promotional search for customers who shared the names with the restaurant founder Charles “Charley” Watkins Jr., who passed away in 2011 at the age of 87. The local Charley Watkins is a veteran, as was the restaurant’s founder. The local Watkins served a chaplain for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
During the ceremony that included a posting of the colors by the Coffee County Central High School JROTC, Norman recognized Watkin’s service during the Vietnam War and shared the gratitude of the city.
Watkins dined quietly after the ceremony at the restaurant with family, friends and fellow members of the sheriff’s department.
On May 18, active and retired members of the Franklin County and Coffee County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments and county residents with a valid military ID will be invited to the Manchester restaurant to enjoy a complimentary meal from the “Thank You Menu" where they can choose select “20 Meals Under $10” meals on May 18.