Roy Michael Watkins, 70, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Tulsa, Okla. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cook Children's Medical Center at cookchildrens.org/Giving or 682-885-4105. Mike was born March 30, 1942, in Fort Worth to R.G. and Imogene Watkins. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1960. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Mississippi State University. During his career, Mike was an associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches; served as director of tech service at Diamond V Mills in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; was nutritionist for Dairy Manufacturers, Inc. of Prosper, Texas; and was most recently the ruminant technical service manager at Biomin America in San Antonio. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the good samaritan E.R. doctor on the airplane and to the professional staff of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at St. John's Medical Center, Tulsa. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mike is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Judith C. Watkins; sons, Michael Scott Watkins and wife Patricia, and Charles Walker Watkins; step-sons, Matthew J. Hay and wife Michele, and Mark Alan Hay and wife Melinda; brother, Kenneth Watkins and wife Bonnie; sister, Sandra Greenwood and husband James; grandchildren, Joseph, Alexanne, Emily and Madison; mother of their two sons, Kay Watkins; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Wade Family Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 6, 2013