Our beloved Jerry Watkins has passed away and gone home, the morning of Sept. 23, 2017.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Fairview Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way.
Watkins was born in Newgulf, TX on Oct. 14, 1946 to Cecil and Oma (Rogers) Watkins. He was one of five children.
Watkins grew up in Newgulf and attended Boling ISD. Throughout high school, he was a gifted athlete and played All-District for Boling High School in both football and track. Being a star running-back and 100-yard dasher and sprinter, Watkins held several Texas Track records for several years.
After graduation, Watkins worked briefly for Dr. Pepper… He was known for drinking Pepsi on the job. When it came time to start making good money, he took a job in the Drilling Group for TexasGulf Sulphur. Watkins worked 35 years for TexasGulf, starting at TexasGulf Sulphur and eventually transferring to Wyoming at TexasGulf Soda Ash. He retired from TexasGulf in 1999.
Watkins then started a career in Pipeline Inspection. He was an amazing and famous hunter and fisherman. Watkins loved telling stories, going back to his teen years, hunting around Boling and the Wharton area, to Wyoming and Colorado. You would have thought he invented the fishing pole, as well as he knew his way around one. Watkins and Scott Bond were awarded first place in the Governor’s National Bow Hunt in Glenrock, WY in 1997. He was a great man of traditional values, honesty, and fun.
Watkins is survived by his loving wife Jacquelynn Watkins; his daughters Leslie Anne Watkins, Wendy Broyles, and Stacy Hilbrich; his sons Travis Watkins, Joshua Barnes, Jesse Jones, and Tayler Powell; his six grandchildren; and one great grandchild. His family includes sister Kathryn Bordelon, and brothers Cecil “Buster” Watkins and Brent Watkins.
Watkins is preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Pat.
He lives on in our hearts and will be remembered forever.
Online condolences may be made at www.shafferpioneer.com.