Scottie Lee Watkins passed away May 19, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. He was 87 years old.
Scottie was born to Harry Lee (Dick) and Arvilla Watkins in Fairview, Oklahoma on January 8, 1932. His family moved to Clovis, New Mexico where he completed grades 1-12. He graduated from Clovis High in 1950, lettering in three sports; track, football, and basketball. He was honorable mention in all-state football in 1948. He received a football scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University in 1950 and was a varsity starter as a freshman.
In the spring of 1951, Scottie enlisted in the United States Navy where he served during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge in 1955. He returned to Eastern New Mexico University, earning a BA degree in 1960 and a MA degree in 1963.
Coach Watkins began his teaching career at Lovington High School in 1960 and his coaching career as head junior varsity football coach and varsity assistant track coach in 1963. Assuming the head track job in 1976, for the next ten years his track teams won District 4-AAA. His teams also won seven State Championships, was runner-up twice, and placed third once over this same ten-year period. Coach Watkins was New Mexico's nominee for National High School Track Coach of the Year in 1984 and again in 1986.
Some of Coach Watkins' athletes participated in the Greater Southwest Classic in Phoenix, Arizona with other New Mexico athletes against those from Colorado, California and Arizona. He had also given to track clinics at various schools.
At Clovis High School Scottie met the love of his life Georgia Shore and they were married on April 22, 1951. They had two children, Kathye and Richard, while in the Navy. He was a devoted husband and father.
Scottie served as Deacon of First Baptist Church, worked with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served two terms as President of Lovington Noon Day Lions. He retired from Lovington Schools in 1985 but continued to teach part-time at New Mexico Junior College.
Scottie is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Georgia, Georgia’s four sisters and two brothers and his son-in-law Wayne Brown. He is survived by his daughter Kathye and son Richard, his sister Carol Watkins Campbell (Melvin), his sister-in-law Louise Shore Crabb, three grandchildren Jason Watkins, Reagan Watkins and Diane Watkins Searcy (Jeremy), 9 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral Services are set for Wednesday, May 22 at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church in Lovington. Viewing begins at noon. Burial to follow services at Resthaven Cemetery. All services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
RIP coach. You always had a positive influence in my life as a coach and a fine Christian man. I remember your service as a deacon at First Baptist. I now remember many things he said and did.
Tira SextonAnderson, TX
Prayers and blessings to all in Coach Scottie’s family. He was an incredibly patient influence in my life. I’m sorry I’ve not seen him since the last reunion I went to 20 years ago. I know there were times at track practice when I wanted him to choke on his whistle, but I always knew he cared about me and loved and, I’m guessing, prayed for me as well. He never said those things but I knew and loved him in return. And when I failed or disappointed him, which I did more than I car to admit, he never piled on. He always handled with grace and patience and encouragement. Thank you coach for all you did for me. I’m glad he is free indeed with our Savior now! 😩😂
Cassius CarterPhoenix, AZ
Rest in Eternal Peach Coach Watkins. Thank you for the positive impact you had on so many young people over the years. Sincere condolences to the family of Coach Watkins.
Doug HeidelPensacola, FL
RIP Granddad. I love and will miss you dearly...
Jason WatkinsArtesia, NM
Great Mentor, Great Coach, Great Teacher. I still think about my time at Lovington HS running track for Coach Watkins. Thank you Coach.
Joseph NugentFort Collins, CO
Scottie Was a very nice person and He was one Awesome Metal's Teacher, Where gonna miss you. God Bless
Gary McCrawFort Worth, TX
Dear Kathy, Richard and family: Sorry I can't be there today. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Uncle Scotty was a great influence upon my life. He is one of the main reasons I chose to go into the Education business. He will be remembered fondly, even the time he tried to teach me how to water ski!!!!
Ken Shore907 NE 2nd St, Dumas TX 79029, TX
My love and prayers to the whole family. Coach was one of the best. He will be greatly missed.
Jacque Anthony FearnowLovington, NM
Coach Watkins was a lot more than a great coach and teacher. He was a very nice person that you could always depend upon and turn to for advice and support. Best summed up as a great Christian man and gentleman. Thanks Coach, I was blessed to have known you.
John HinesPenfield, NY
Coach Watkins was not only a fine coach, expecting (and getting!) the best from his athletes, he was a fine educator in the technical arts and sciences. Under his tutelage, I developed a great ability to visualize and communicate graphically, which contributed greatly to my later successes.
Thanks, Coach. You done good.
Roger GuinnAledo, TX
Thank You, Coach...for being a Mentor in my Life. Many of the things you taught me early in My Life, I used in both my personal life as well as my Professional Career! I shared these things with not only my young athletes but, members of my Coaching Staff, over the many years I Taught/Coached. I love you, Coach and please know that your Legacy lives on in so very many people’s lives. Thank you, for making a difference in the lives of so many! Rest In Peace, Coach! I will see you again...
Cecil MarksCarlsbad, NM
I am very sorry for your loss. Everyone will be in our prayers.
Connie n Rudy NavaretteLovington, NM