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.
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