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Ted Watkins Ted Watkins, recently of San Marcos, died September 8th after a brief illness. He was born December 2, 1938 in Kaufman County to D.W. and Iva Watkins. A 1957 graduate of Rockwall High School; Ted married Betty Dobbs on May 30, 1959. A Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1961 was followed by Masters 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. He is survived by 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, and nieces and nephews Dan High, Nancy Ballman, Jennifer Watkins, Shirah Winicur, and Laura Ping, great nieces and nephews and cousins. There will be a memorial service in San Marcos at the UMC Wesley near the Texas State campus on Thursday, September 12th at 5:30 pm. Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 14th at 11 am, preceded by visitation at 10 am, at Rest Haven Funeral Home - Rockwall Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to .

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 11, 2013
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