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Ted Watkins


1938 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Ted Watkins Obituary
Ted Watkins, recently of San Marcos, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, after a brief illness. Memorial service: 5:30 p.m. Thursday in San Marcos at the United Methodist Church Wesley near the Texas State University campus. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel, followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to . He was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Kaufman County to D.W. and Iva Watkins. Ted graduated from Rockwall High School in 1957 and married Betty Dobbs on May 30, 1959. A bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1961 was followed by master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Louisiana State University in 1963 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Ted's life and career demonstrate his heartfelt love of people and dedication to service. His more than 30 years of teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas State University were grounded in practical counseling experience in both public and private settings, and extended by his roles as author, administrator, father and mentor. Ted's limitless capacity for enjoyment showed in his grin and laugh. He loved good conversations and bad puns. Ted also loved and took comfort in playing old hymns on the piano, which he shared and passed on by playing for small churches both as a teenager and near the end of his life. Survivors: His wife, Betty; sons, Scott, Brett and James; granddaughter, Jessica and her mother, Dawn Watkins; brother, David and his wife, Nancy Watkins; brother-in-law, Robert High; nieces and nephews, Dan High, Nancy Ballman, Jennifer Watkins, Shirah Winicur and Laura Ping; and great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Published in Star-Telegram on Sept. 11, 2013
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