Boyd Edward Watkins, Jr. was born on April 30, 1931, in Houston, Texas, to Boyd Edward Watkins, Sr. and Gertrude Woodard. He was the second of five children born to this union
Boyd, Jr. enlisted in the United States Army on March 28, 1952. He courageously served his country as a Private, in the Korean Conflict. Boyd received the United States Service Medal, W/3 Bronze Service Stars and the National Defense Service Medal, and after completing his tour of duty, he received his Honorable Discharge. After military service, Boyd formed his own company, B. E. Watkins Trucking, a successful trucking company. He worked diligently as a commercial truck driver for over 50 years. Boyd was also a member of the Masons.
Boyd was an outspoken, family-oriented man. He enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, fishing and working on his computer. An avid sports fan, Boyd loved watching sporting events on television. He also appreciated watching various church programs as well. He was always happy to have family and friends visit and enjoy the great meals he prepared.
Preceding Boyd, Jr. in death were his parents, Gertrude & Boyd Watkins, Sr.; one sister, Janie Lee Watkins; one brother, Richard Watkins; and one grandson, Rashawn St. Mary. Those remaining to cherish his memories are his children and their spouses, Debra Jefferson of San Diego, CA, Harry Watkins of Gulfport, MS, Arrick and Carol Weatherspoon of Moreno Valley, CA, Cheryl Watkins and Juanita Watkins of Las Vegas, NV, and William Watkins of Los Angeles, CA; siblings and their spouses, Oslie & Walter Miller, Mary Ivey of Compton, CA; two half-brothers, James Randall and Pinky Woodard and one half-sister, Sally, all of Houston, TX; thirteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild,; and a host of nieces, nephews, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
July 16, 2013 • 10:00am