STEPHENVILLE – Services for David Wayne Watkins, 66, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at First United Methodist Church with Howard Martin officiating.  Burial will follow at Erath Gardens of Memory. 

David was born in Gatesville to the late Malcolm Ernest ‘Mike’ and Dorothy McAnelly Watkins.  He graduated from Stephenville High School in 1971, and went on the play football for the Red Raiders at Texas Tech, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1976. 

While at Texas Tech, David served a two-year term as president of the Phi Delta Fraternity. At the age of 30 David joined the U. S. Marine Corps., and after he served his tour of duty, he became a member of the U. S. Army reserves. 

David spent 5 years in Dallas in the real estate business, and he also worked for his brother as a manager for Snuffers Restaurant.  He co-owned Montana restaurant in Stephenville for the past 28 years.  

He was a member of the Stephenville Masonic Lodge #267, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. David lived most of his life in Stephenville.  He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and loved to hunt alligator with his best friend Pat Black.

David is survived by his brother, Michael Lee Watkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister, Suzanne and husband Mike Ballow of Stephenville; nieces, Alyssa Watkins Brittain, Katie Watkins Phillips and husband Rob, Paige Watkins, Maynon Ballow Elliott and husband Clayton, Monica Ballow Campbell and husband Jason, Meggan Ballow Whites and husband Daniel; nephew, Jesse Michael Watkins; great nephews, Jonah Whites, Ethan Whites, Thomas Barton, and Maxon Campbell and Fletcher Brittain.

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