Dennis Newt Watkins BRADY- Dennis Newt Watkins, 70, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Born March 1, 1942 in Brady, Texas, he was the son of Dale and Geneva Watkins and the youngest of three siblings. He attended public schools in Lohn and McCamey before graduating from Texas Tech University and earning his Master's Degree in Business Administration. Dennis was a member and chapter advisor of the Omega fraternity. In 1963-1964, he served as president of the Double T Association. Upon college graduation, he was named Dean of Men at Texas Tech prior to going to Texas Wesleyan University as Dean of Students. His career continued in various directions from owning and operating a restaurant near Santa Fe, NM to spending the last twenty years with TXU before retiring to Horseshoe Bay in 2004. He was a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and served on the Texas Tech Hill Country Board of Advisors. Dennis' passion for sports began in middle school with baseball and continued in high school where he excelled in basketball and football. He lettered in football at Texas Tech and was a fervent, proud, and lifelong Red Raider fan. After college, he played in adult basketball leagues in Lubbock, Dallas and Oklahoma City. Following participation, Dennis became an avid spectator sports fan. He took up golf in retirement and enjoyed the comradeship that it afforded while he also worked part-time positions to keep himself busy. Dennis fostered close relationships with lifelong school friends and relatives from each side of his family and was very faithful in attending annual reunions held by all three groups. He gathered friends in all areas where he resided and enjoyed fostering those relationships with frequent contacts and visits. He was loved and cherished by so many and could be counted on to be the life of the party with his keen, sharp wit. Dennis will be remembered as a faithful friend, easily loved and fun-loving, and one who had a knack for making real connections with the people in his life. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald Dale Watkins; son, Cod Dale Watkins; and brother-in-law, Jim Craig. He is survived by his wife, Mary; stepdaughter, Sherri Adler of Horseshoe Bay; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and Buddy Shackelford of Arlington; sister-in-law, Cindy Watkins of Norman, Okla.; four nieces; four nephews; and a host of dear friends and relatives. A special appreciation is given to all the loving friends and relatives who were so caring during Dennis' illness. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Brady, Texas. Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the directions of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls, Texas.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 17, 2013