SLOCOMB, Ala (WDHN)— Condolences have poured in from surrounding communities remembering the life of a Slocomb teacher who touched many minds and even more hearts over his more than 30-year career.

Tony Watkins, a longtime Slocomb High School Agricultural Teacher and FFA advisor, passed away suddenly in his home on September, 11.

After retiring from Slocomb, Watkins took his education career to Marianna High School where he was also the AG teacher and FFA advisor.

Former Red Top student Russell Hughes remembered Watkins fondly, telling WDHN “Mr. Watkins was a very compassionate and caring teacher. He wasn’t just there to make a teach and make a check. He cared for you and he invested in you.”

When asked about memories of his late teacher, Hughes had this to say “Memories? There’s a lot. A notable one is the FFA banquets every year. He always made it a point to speak to every student and help ease freshmen into high school life. He was such a good man, a great teacher, and mentor.”

Watkins was a supporter of the Fadette Volunteer Fire Department and Slocomb’s Fire-Rescue Youth’s Explorer Post through the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the Slocomb Rescue Squad as an ambulance driver.

Kind posts on social media remember the life of Watkins, depicting him at school functions, spending time with family, and having fun with his loved ones.