Willie Watkins

Willie Lee Watkins

Thursday, February 3, 1921 - Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Willie Lee Watkins, a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on August 6, 2020, surrounded by his children.

Willie was born to William and Minnie Watkins in Winnsboro, TX on February 3, 1921. In 1942, at the age of 21 he joined the US Army Air Force and was a crew chief for the B-29 aircraft. He was a true patriot and a proud veteran of World War II. In 1946, he married Betty Huckeba and built a beautiful life with four loving children. They were married for 69 years. He worked for Vick Well Service for 10 years and Renshaw Well Service for 33 years. He retired at the age of 60. He was an active member of Pine Street Baptist Church and a faithful member of the American Legion Post 340. He was an avid walker who put in miles daily around town up into his 90s. He would stop at various businesses to rest and drink coffee. His favorite place to visit became his second home, First National Bank of Winnsboro. He loved all the employees there and spent many hours visiting with friends and fellow coffee drinkers. Willie was a “one of a kind” guy. He embraced everyone he met with a hug, a smile, a story, and endless optimism. He never met a stranger. He will be sorely missed by his family, his church family -especially his Sunday School class “The Second Milers,” American Legion friends, and his buddies at First National Bank. Due to the love of Willie by Winnsboro citizens, Mayor Cameron Wilcox has proclaimed August 11, 2020, to be Willie Watkins Day for the city of Winnsboro. A wonderful tribute for a wonderful man.

Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Watkins, parents William Branta and Minnie Idella Watkins, brothers Aaron Watkins, Cecil Watkins, Loy Watkins and sisters Dorothy Williams, Mildred Blount, Betty Little, and Margaret Hart.

He is survived by his daughter, Vickie Forgy, and husband, Phil of Winnsboro, sons Billy Watkins of Quitman, David Watkins of Winnsboro, and Danny Watkins of Corinth. He was a proud grandfather to Mark Watkins, Michael Watkins, Stacy Mullinax, Kristen Scavuzzo, Jamie Gibbon, David Watkins and Kasey Bigler. Willie had multiple great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A military service will be held at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 10:00am with Brother Charles Ethridge officiating. Burial will be at the Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, August 10, 2020, at Beaty Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the GAs and RAs of Pine Street Baptist Church because of his enduring love for children.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 10, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, August 10, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro
    816 W. Broadway
    Winnsboro, TX 75494
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:00am
    Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro
    816 W. Broadway
    Winnsboro, TX 75494
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bro. Charles Ethridge
  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 |
    Tuesday, August 11, 2020
    Hopewell Cemetery
    CR 4870
    Winnsboro, TX 75494
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Luann Norris

Posted at 07:50am
To all the family, I always loved when I was outside when Willie was out walking so I got a chance to visit with him. He was a precious person that I was blessed to know and love. My prayers are with you all.

Susan Elaine Fisher

Posted at 12:56pm
Mr. Watkins was a wonderful and kind man. I met him through my ex- husband (Tony Reid). He worked with at Renshaw & several other oil field places. I met him later in my life through one one of my best my best friends (Dana Hart). He was a good upstanding Christian man who never met a stranger. I am so sorry for your loss. He reunited with his his wife in heaven; can you imagine how happy he was to see her! Susan E. Fisher

Lee Ann Sparks

Posted at 06:26pm
Willie worked for Larry & I after he retired. I loved going to work every day to see what he had up his sleeve. He & Buddy McKnight kept us in stitches about their shenanigans in the oil field. Rest In Peace and kids Betty for me.

Dovie Kaupke

Posted at 09:54am
The town of Winnsboro will miss seeing Willie walking all over town.

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