Elmer Ray Watkins

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ARLINGTON -- Elmer Ray "Dusty" Watkins, 87, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, in Arlington. Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 210 W. Park Row Drive, Arlington, with Pastor Kevin Hintze officiating. Interment: With full honors at 1:15 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Lane B. Visitation: The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 877-832-6997, woundedwarriorproject.org. Dusty was born April 20, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Ray Edward Watkins and Minnie Rosalee Davis Watkins. He graduated from Capitol High School in Oklahoma City and then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he attended the University of Oklahoma on the GI Bill, where he played football for legendary coach Bud Wilkinson. In 1950, Dusty joined the U.S. Air Force where he served for 22 years until his retirement in 1972 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a pilot and later base commander of Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo. During his years in service, he served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In Abilene he owned Watkins Service Kubota Distributorship, Jhirmack Beauty Products Distributorship and a beauty school. An Arlington resident since 1975, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Dusty was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; and his first wife and the mother of his son, Janus Spurr Watkins. Survivors: Wife, Eileen Copas Watkins of Arlington; son, Robert Randolph "Randy" Watkins of Arlington; sister, Dorothy Rice and husband, W.A. "Dub," of Nicoma Park, Okla.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233 View and sign guestbook at www.star-telegram.com/obituaries

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  1. Dear Eileen & Randy,

    Please know that we are praying for you and thinking of you in this time. Uncle Elmer was one of my favorite uncle’s and I always have the wonderful memories of growing up at his parents house (granpa and granma Watkins). I keep in touch with family through Aunt Dorothy and my sister Marti. Again, we are thinking of you.

  2. Dear Eileen and Randy:
    Very sorry to get Randy’s phone call with the news of Dusty’s passing.
    We have known Dusty since we were backyard neighbours in San Antonio and have stayed in contact over the years. We shall miss him.
    Eileen and Randy our sincere condolences.
    Love Bea and Charley.

  3. Although Dusty will be missed by countless others, we hasten to add our deep felt feelings with those of his many grieving friends. Eileen and Randy, know that Esperanza’s and my thoughts are with you both. We understand this will be a trying time but want you to know our prayers and wishes are for you to find what comfort and support that you can from your friends and relations to ease though your period of loss. Please know we’re two of those friends adding our love and support as you grieve.

  4. Our love and thoughts are with Eileen and Randy at this special time. Dusty was an amazing man with a warmth of character, a cheeky grin and a wonderful sense of humour. We will remember him fondly and will be thinking of him often. We take this opportunity to send special love to Eileen and Randy from Jean xx
    Love and kisses all the way from Australia
    Steph Mark Mellissa and Michael xxxxx

  5. Dear Family and Friends of Dusty,
    It was with immense sadness that I heard about Dusty’s passing. He was a true friend, and we shared many great memories. A NOTE TO DUSTY: I’ll see you later, buddy, and we’ll continue our lasting friendship!

    PS: Dusty was a warm and caring guy. From the first time Jimmie introduced us, he made me feel welcome. He will be missed! Judie

  6. Dusty was quite a remarkable guy. Jimmie fondly remembers evenings with Harry and Dusty over barbecued chicken and lots of wine. It was a tough time for Jim; Dusty and Harry were his lifelines. I’ll also remember Dusty’s open arms when I entered Jimmie’s life. He will forever be missed.

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