Danny "Foots" Watkins

Born on May 25, 1951

Departed on April 14, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Mr. Danny “Foots” Watkins, of Gallatin, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019. He was born on May 25, 1951 in Owenton, KY to the late George and Lois Watkins. Foots is also preceded in death by in laws, Tommy and Shirley Adams; and brother, Mike Adams

Foots was a member of First Baptist Church Gallatin. He was the operations manager and traveled with the Oak Ridge Boys for over 20 years. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed playing golf, cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, and taking care of his wife, Janet. They were married on August 19, 1977 and were married for 41 years.

Foots is survived by his loving wife, Janet Adams Watkins; daughter, Kara (Justin) Owen; siblings, Phyllis (Steve) Kidwell, David (Bobbie) Watkins, Linda (Jerry) Neuner, Sandy Reinert, Barbara (Kevin) O’Donnell, Cheryl (Mark) Hancock, Sheila Adams, Gene (Christina) Adams, and Jane (Tim) Sharp. Foots is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and grand dog, Henry.

A life celebration will be held 3pm, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in the chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 12-3pm prior to the service. Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Funeral Home, and Cremation Center are in charge of arrangements. 353 East Main Street, Hendersonville TN 37075.

In lieu of flower donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

44 Comments to Danny "Foots" Watkins

  1. Joyce Marie Williams
    April 15, 2019 3:10 pm


  2. Janet Vaden
    April 15, 2019 4:36 pm

    Janet, We are so sorry about Danny. Such a shock for all of us. Just know that we love you and are here for you any time.
    Danny was such a nice guy and we will miss him. You two had a wonderful marriage and some great times together. You have so many friends that love you and will do anything for you.
    Kara I know this is a terrible time for you. You all have been so close as a family and those memories can never be taken away. Love and prayers, Janet and Bill

  3. Rick and Val Miller
    April 15, 2019 5:16 pm

    Janet, Rick and I are so sorry about Danny. You had such a wonderful marriage. I can remember you and I saying how much we loved our husbands. I know your heart is broken! Know that we are here if you need anything. Love Rick and Val Miller

  4. Thom Roberts
    April 15, 2019 5:49 pm

    My HEART is broken as I have lost part of me. Foots is Truly my Life Long Buddy and that is so very hard to find!! As the saying goes Foots is my Brother from another Mother. His Family is My Family. As I reflect back on all the time we spent together playing basketball, golfing, and sharing his Family with me back in Centerfield,Ky–He truly Blessed my life!! He called me yesterday morning to talk about the Masters Golf Tournament and yes we talked about Kentucky Basketball as we always did–I am so blessed to have that conversation embedded in my memory as I will carry it with me. Their are so many memories it would be like having a conversation with Foots it will last with me forever.
    If you are a Sports Fan and you have seen the movie “Brian’s Song” then so know what Danny “Foots” Watkins means to ME.
    JANET & KARA I LOVE YOU GUYS and I am so sorry.
    Tommy “Gun”

  5. Ray Baker
    April 15, 2019 6:17 pm

    Danny Boy, oh how we will miss you! Especially the great stories you always shared. Like the ones we’d kiddingly say “Hey Foots, has this story got an ending?” We loved you and Janet. We cherish the Great memories of our times together. Ray and Barbara Baker.

  6. Marko Hunt
    April 15, 2019 7:15 pm

    Janet and Kara, my heart goes out to you both. Danny was a great guy and we shared so many years together with the Oaks that I remember so fondly. He loved you two so very much that I can literally hear him say your names in my mind as he said them so often talking about you both. I hope all the love poring in to you helps just a little. God bless you both.

  7. David Snowden Louisville
    April 15, 2019 7:40 pm

    May “Foots” Rest In Peace his great smile his very special and joyous personality. What a friend what a Special Person. Love You Buddy

  8. Timmer Ground
    April 15, 2019 7:52 pm

    I will miss Foots every day. He was my best friend on this planet… Janet and Kara please know that he loved U two more than life. My prayers are with U two and all the family.

  9. Jamie & Paul Martin
    April 15, 2019 8:37 pm

    Oh how we will miss Foots!! What a great man. Our prayers are with you all; may God comfort you in this unbelievably difficult time. We love you!!

  10. Sheila Adams
    April 15, 2019 9:08 pm

    My heart is so heavy. You were more like a brother than my in-law. I know Mike was one of many family and friends to greet you at the gate. We will always cherish the fun times together at “The Adams Resort”.

  11. Harry McClure
    April 15, 2019 9:30 pm

    I thought the world of Foots, He was a great friend and a jewel to work wit. I know he loved his family. He will be missed. Prayers from the family.

  12. Casie Ground
    April 15, 2019 10:08 pm

    My second dad. The other man who raised me with unconditional love. I still remember his teachings on why I need to make my bed every day (and I still do!). His hugs were the BEST and his laugh was contagious. Forever in my memories and always in my heart. I love you Janet and Karabeth.

  13. Joe Bonsall
    April 15, 2019 10:22 pm

    Rest Easy Danny… the Oak Ridge Boys family mourns this great loss… Prayers for Janet and Kara… until the promised day man…

  14. peter ceruzzi
    April 15, 2019 10:25 pm

    Janet , I was sorry to hear of the passing of “Foots” yesterday. Terry Ree called me and informed me last night. Foots has always kept in touch with me over the many years of our friendship. I still hold your and Danny’s visit to St Petersburg to visit me and our playing Golf together as one of my best memories of our friendship..I wish I was well enough to join You and Kara for the celebration of life in Hendersonville but due to my health issues ,I am unable to do so.. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of a great man who meant so much to so many!!!!

  15. Pete and Pat Flynn
    April 15, 2019 10:35 pm

    Words can’t easily express the shock and emotion felt when the news of Foots’ untimely passing came. Foots had the most unique idiosyncrasies I can remember in one person. Things about him one will never be able to forget; those that know he was the “hide and seek” champion of Kentucky will laugh about that forever. He was a character, a husband, a father, and a friend to all that knew him. He will be missed! God bless his family.

    Pete and Pat Flynn

  16. Jerry and Janie Lanham
    April 15, 2019 11:00 pm

    So glad we got to see you guys last summer at the cabin. He will surely be missed by his family and friends. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs.

  17. Donna lilly
    April 15, 2019 11:01 pm

    Janet and Kara my heart is broken for you. What a wonderful husband and father. You all shared such wonderful memories together. May those beautiful memories help you as you deal with this loss. I love you and your family. My prayers are for you. Danny was such a wonderful man.

  18. Holly Richardson
    April 16, 2019 12:40 am

    I remember Foots so very fondly from the Oaks days. He was aleays so very kind to our girls. Ironically Scott passed away suddenly on 4/14/17. My heart is with your family.

  19. Misty Leitsch and family
    April 16, 2019 7:10 am

    Janet and family, my heart aches for you. I am so sorry for your loss. If I may, I would like to pray for you and your family. Heavenly Father, please be with Janet and her family during this time. Father, we know you have welcomed this great man into Your kingdom where he will now forever be watching and guiding from above, always there to listen. Father, even though this is a very sad time and we may struggle with the days ahead, I pray You provide peace and comfort Father God to Janet and her family. Father, wrap them, surround them with your love Father. For one day, we know we will be reunited in Your kingdom. Amen. Janet, I wish I had the words to comfort you. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

  20. Janice and Paul Enoch
    April 16, 2019 7:48 am

    Janet, We are so sorry to hear about Danny. Just last week Paul saw Danny at the club and he made a special effort to visit with Paul – asking about us both, how we were doing, etc. What a kind man. Our hearts hurt for you and your family. You are in our prayers. Love Janice and Paul

  21. Mary
    April 16, 2019 8:43 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Danny. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    To this day when I think about Danny I envision him in that little sports car that he drove :).


  22. Janice B Morgan
    April 16, 2019 8:54 am

    We extend our deepest sympathy to all the Watkins family. So sorry to hear of the passing of this beloved brother, husband, father and friend. Prayers for comfort and peace. Jan and Tom Morgan

  23. Brian Schnabel
    April 16, 2019 9:09 am

    The common themes that are being expressed are shock, sorrow and impact. I am looking out my back yard at the golf course and remember Foots going by frequently. I will certainly miss that smiling face, and the positive impact he had on me and many others. He had that unique quality to enhance the lives of those that he spent time with; and that is an example that we should all learn from.

    God Blessed us with you Danny, and now you can keep watch over us.

  24. Sharon Clark
    April 16, 2019 9:42 am

    To Janet and Kara, we want to take this time to express our very deepest sympathy in your loss of one so kind and loving. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through the coming difficult weeks. We send our love, Bro.Odis and Sharon Clark

  25. Debbie Murray
    April 16, 2019 10:27 am

    My heart breaks for Janet, Kara and all who loved and were close to Foots. He was such a GOOD friend and dear man. I cannot imagine the void left for those he loved so very much. May God bless and comfort you all. You will be in my prayers.

  26. Donald & Debra McCloud
    April 16, 2019 10:36 am

    Dearest Janet,
    Our love and deepest sympathy to you and your family. There are no words that convey how sorry we are. Danny was such a sweet man. We loved it when you would pull up in your golf cart and visit with us. He was always so happy, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

  27. Gloria Huschka
    April 16, 2019 11:02 am

    I am so saddened to hear of Danny’s passing. He was a wonderful man. My deepest sympathies to his loving family and friends.

  28. Glen and Carolyn Miles
    April 16, 2019 11:42 am

    Carolyn and I are just shocked and heartbroken for Janet and Kara. Danny and Janet have been our neighbors right next door for almost 20 years and we will miss our conversations with Danny and his quick and enthusiastic wave every time we saw him. I loved joking around with Danny and playing with Henry when their grand-dog stayed for a visit.

    All of our condolences to Janet and Kara and family.

    Danny will truly be missed.

    Love you guys!

  29. Ellyn Wilbur
    April 16, 2019 11:50 am

    Janet, your friends at TAMHO are sending prayers to you and your family. You will continue to be in our thoughts.

  30. Patt Cooper
    April 16, 2019 12:18 pm

    Deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband, best friend, and Kara’s Dad. You will stay in my thoughts and prayers.

  31. Kathy Helton
    April 16, 2019 1:47 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Foots. Such a dear heart and a lovely gentleman, always smiling and kind.

  32. Michael & Willie Hammons
    April 16, 2019 2:10 pm

    So sorry to hear about Danny. We know your heart is broken. Sending our love and prays to you and your family.

  33. Scott Bacon
    April 16, 2019 3:57 pm

    Janet, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with this loss. You have a team of folks across our great state lifting you up though this.

  34. Ray Shelide
    April 16, 2019 5:19 pm

    Lots of fun times on the road with ORB, touring, long bus trips, and who could forget doing box office settlement, and counting deadwood and arguing with promoters at 2 o’clock in the morning ? Foots was always a “fair & square” businessman, and if a promoter did a good job, but had a bad night, he’d always give them a break/reduction to ease the pain. Definitely one of the “good guys” that are sorely missed in the business today…….

    Rest in Peace Foots, God will definitely honor your “All Access” backstage pass in heaven !

  35. Phil and Trish Derenze (Chissy and Gene Uncle and Aunt)
    April 16, 2019 6:46 pm

    Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

  36. Cynthia Escue
    April 16, 2019 9:49 pm

    Janet and Kara, James and myself were so shocked to hear about Danny (Foots) as James knew him by, and want you to know that we have you both in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a sweet soul and his love for you two was so special. I hope you can find some comfort in God’s promise that we will be reunited with those we love. What a glorious day that will be!!

  37. Mary Beth Blevins
    April 16, 2019 10:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss and words are inadequate at such a sad time. Please know Rody and I are praying for you, Kara and Justin, and your entire family and there are a legion of people who love you doing the same.

  38. Paul "Bird" Bridewell
    April 16, 2019 11:42 pm

    Love and prayers for you and your family. RIP Foots.

  39. Paul "Bird" Bridewell
    April 17, 2019 12:30 am

    Prayers for the Watkins family. I know Danny will be missed. RIP friend.

  40. Bill and Beverly Craft
    April 17, 2019 10:36 am

    Janet, so sorry for your loss with Danny’s passing. Bill said at one time they played quite a bit of golf together. I know he will be missed by everyone that loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  41. Bruce Williams
    April 17, 2019 2:02 pm

    My condolences to Janet and Kara Beth. I will cherish our days together, with our kids growing up simultaneously; our trips to Hawaii and pot luck soirées at each other’s houses. I liked Foots a lot and most recently my nightly ritual with him was Words With Friends. He was a worthy opponent and his vocabulary was outstanding. I can hear him saying” well, ACTUALLY, Words With Friends is a knockoff of Scrabble which is a Milton Bradley game.”

  42. Randolph A. Schureck
    April 20, 2019 5:41 am

    Foots was the real thing. Always was one of the good guys. To and for his family he is in heaven I’m sure of that. Please have no doubt, I have none. God blessed me with a picture of my son going to heaven. I will share it with anyone who doubts theire is a heaven .

    Class mate OCHS 1969 Randolph A. Schureck

  43. Randolph A. Schureck
    April 20, 2019 5:44 am

    Foots was the real thing. Always was one of the good guys. To and for his family he is in heaven I’m sure of that. Please have no doubt, I have none. God blessed me with a picture of my son going to heaven. I will share it with anyone who doubts there is a heaven .

    Class mate OCHS 1969 Randolph A. Schureck

  44. Cindy Burchfield Buck
    May 11, 2019 1:24 pm

    Janet, I know it’s probably been 30 years since I have seen you or Foots, but I’ll always remember how sweet you were and how much Foots loved Kara. Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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