Jack Austin Watkins

Jack Austin Watkins

Death 22 May 1998 (aged 74)
Burial Tribbey, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 32366374 · View Source
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Jack Austin Watkins...former professional basketball player, teacher and county clerk, 74, Tecumseh, died Friday in a local hospital.

Graveside services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tribbey Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with the Rev. Bob Anderson officiating.

Watkins was born Oct. 27, 1923, in Drumright to Carl and Kate (Reynolds) Watkins. He married Christena Adams in Sedan, Kan., on Oct. 29, 1948.

He graduated from Tribbey High School where he played baseball and basketball. He attended the University of Oklahoma and was a pitcher on the baseball team.

His education was interrupted to serve three and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Islands area as an intercept operator and Japanese and high-speed radio operator. He also served in the occupation of China.

Upon returning to OU he was a member of the first OU basketball team to go to the Final Four. He later played basketball professionally in various places in the United States.

He also graduated from East Central University with a teaching degree. He taught at Macomb High School and was also the boy's basketball coach.

He also served two terms as county clerk. He worked as the junior resident engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation until retiring in 1982.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1317 of Shawnee and a member of the Tecumseh American Legion. He was also an avid golfer.

Survivors include his mother, Kate Watkins, Tecumseh; his wife, Chris Watkins, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Doe Watkins, Tecumseh; a grandson, Jake Watkins, Tecumseh; and numerous relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Reynolds Watkins; a son, Laine Watkins; and his father, Carl Watkins.

{published in the Shawnee News Star May 23 1998}

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