The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 22, 2013

Billy 'Blackie' Watkins

Published 11-23-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Billy “Blackie” Watkins, 80, of Garber, Okla., was the son of Arville Douglas and Effie Faye (James) Watkins. He was born March 22, 1933, in Iowa Park, Texas, and passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at his residence in Garber, Okla.

After high school, he served his country in the United States Army. Blackie did a tour during the Korean War and was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Blackie married Venus Prather July 13, 1952, in Raton, N.M., and from this union three daughters were born, Bille Gayle, Stephany Irene and Dana.

His true passion was welding, he was a lifelong welder who specialized in pipelines. He enjoyed driving “his” school bus for more than 20 years for the Garber School District.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching football, especially “his” OU Sooners. He enjoyed old country music and enjoyed singing and dancing the jitterbug. Whenever he got a chance, you could find him traveling in his camper, especially to his favorite place, Branson, Mo. When he was not traveling he could be found building and racing stock cars at Enid Speedway, but most of all Blackie loved spending time with his family and friends. Blackie was a member of Garber Lions Club.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Garber. Pastor Tom LeGrand will officiate. Interment will be in Garber Cemetery, Garber, Okla. Service is under the direction of Dugger Funeral Home, Garber, Okla. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Dugger Funeral Home, Garber, Okla.

Memorials may be made to Circle of Love Hospice in care of Dugger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Garber, OK 73738.

Blackie is survived by his companion, Peggy Mason of Garber, Okla.; daughters, Billie Gayle Leader, Stephany Irene Wilson and Dana Foster and husband Ken, all from Enid, Okla.; two granddaughters, Shannon Poindexter of Ponca City, Okla., and Jamie Leader of Enid, Okla.; two great-grandsons, Chris Poindexter and Nathan Poindexter, both of Ponca City, Okla.; sister, Arvella Anderson and husband Edward of Amarillo, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arville and Faye Watkins, and four brothers, Jackie, Doug, James and Bobby Gale.

Condolences may be sent to the family using the online guestbook at

(Submitted by family)