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Early Life

Civil Miller-Watkins is a native of Bolivar TN, Hardeman County.  Her mother, Lois Bernice Miller, was a prominent Civil Rights activist and taught her children to care and advocate for ALL Levels of their community. ​​The Miller children spent many hours walking the neighborhoods and passing out rulers to encourage voters to support Democratic Candidates. Being involved politically was expected in the Miller home.​​

Civil graduated from Bolivar Central High - Go Tigers!! She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Sociology ('92) and a second B.S in Social Work ('94) and a Masters in Education (2023).


Civil has been married for 34 years to Charles Watkins, Sr. Together they have reared 8 wonderful children and are the doting Nana and Pop of 10 totally amazing grandchildren.

​Five of their sons are Eagle Scouts, with one left aiming for Eagle.  Both Civil and Charles are active participants and leaders in the Scouting program.

Community Service

  • Civil is a middle school teacher.

  • She has served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Education for Fayette County Public Schools.

  • ​She worked to approve budgets and improve policies that allow the School District to continue to win.

  • ​She led the effort to create a Virtual Academy for FCPS that will expand educational opportunities for our students. ​

  • Civil is also a graduate of the West-Star class of 2019.

  • She is a 2018 cohort of Emerge TN

  • ​She is a/the:

    • Member of the Somerville-Fayette chapter of the NAACP 

    • Secretary of the TN Democratic County Chairs Association 

    • Past Chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party

    • Past Chair of Leadership Fayette.

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