OBITUARY

Phillip Steven Watkins

September 14, 1948March 25, 2019
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On Monday, March 25, 2019, we lost our beloved brother Phillip S.G. Watkins, otherwise known as Phil. Phil died of natural causes at the young age of 70, in Humble, TX.

Phil was born on September 14, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Ruth E. Reid and Nathaniel Watkins.

He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, taking drives or just simply spreading his loving sarcasm. Phil loved to go over to New Orleans, whether to peruse or just in general relaxation. He enjoyed listening to Oldies, going to the L’Auberge, and the occasional philly cheesessteaks shared among family.

Phil graduated from Roman Catholic H.S. Philadelphia, Pa in 1966. Soon after he began working as a Vets Admin from June 1966 to December 1966 then transition to USPS December 1966 to December 1968. Also, at U.S. Army from February 1968 to October 1970, later working with the Treasury-Customs from November 1970 to March 2003. Phil moved on to Department of Homeland Security-Custom Border Patrol from March 2003 to December 2012. After serving 45+ years as a civil servant he retired.

He had been blessed to live in Phila. Pa, Mississauga, Ontario Canada, Humble, Tx.

Phillip S. G. Watkins is survived by his siblings Herman Watkins (Annette), Nathaniel Watkins, Gregory Watkins (Sondra) and Karen Watkins-Thomas and his stepdaughter Anita Fields. A host of niece’s/nephew’s, great-nieces/nephews, cousins, step granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Andre Hensley, Brandon Campbell, Jose Hinojose, Ivan Young, Isle Clarke and work associates. Phil is proceeded in death by sister Juanita Watkins 1974, father Nathaniel Watkins 1991, mother Ruth Watkins 2001.

The memorial service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Calvary Hill Chapel and Funeral Home. The viewing will be from 1 pm. To 2 pm at 21723 Aldine Westfield Rd. Humble Tx 77338

Memorial donations will be through Dignity Memorial. Please feel free to leave a memory and or a picture. Intermit at Houston National Cemetery

“He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows, that he knows, is wise, follow him.”

Services

  • Family Gathering Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, April 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Phillip Steven Watkins

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Jerry McGee

April 5, 2019

Phil was a tremendous person and I have very fond memories of my times working with him. I first met Phil in Toronto, Canada (Preclearance) when I was young officer. I can still remember Phil telling me, let me show you how to do this.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Jerry McGee

Ivan Young

April 5, 2019

Phil or WAT, as I called him when were hanging out; was a brother and mentor who always new how to explain things that didn't make since. He was the consummate friend and professional who gave knowledge and wisdom to all when asked. Phil also was able and willing to learn new things as he grew in this "Life", demonstrated annually when we prepared to tackle the "Triple Crown " every year after he retired.
One of my most memorable moments took place at "Golden Corral" restaurant where we befriended another "Military Veteran", who was having lunch and brought into our conversation about our past "Military" jobs that led to a "History" lesson about Houston past and present. Phil imparted lots of knowledge that made a great impression on me and I am very thankful for it.
My condolences go out to his family during this time of mourning!
He will be sorely missed!

Lillian Fields

April 4, 2019

Phil, we had 36 plus years together and even though we went our separate ways, we spent a lot of time together over the past 6 years talking about old times. You always made it a point to call and invite me to a steak dinner on my birthday. I just want to say that I will miss your daily 9 am phone calls and hope to see you again.

Lillian

Valeria Lucas-Watkins

April 4, 2019

Phil, I've always held dear our heart to hearts over the years and on my illness, how in your always on point manner you'd chastise me on not following Dr's instructions. Looking over pic's from over the years with found memories, rest easy brother dear until we meet again.

Denise Hosenbackez

April 4, 2019

Phil knowing you from IAH your life is your legacy . I pray for your family, may they find peace that surpasses all understand.

Gregory Watkins

April 3, 2019

Phillip,your memory lives on in the minds and heart of those you knew and loved you.

Brenda Ashley

April 3, 2019

I remember when you and John came to Philadelphia and stop by Carols house, and we all went to breakfast, and Karen joined us. I enjoyed spending time with you. something that didn't happen often. I did not know when I waved goodbye it would be the last time I would see you. The big man that gave a lot of love and joy to all whom was fortunate enough to share your space. The Lord called you home and I know right now you are with love ones who has gone before you, smiling and watching over the ones you left behind. So God speed my cousin my friend for we will meet again.
All my love to the family
Brenda

Tony Alvarenga

April 3, 2019

It was a great pleasure working with Phillip in the past and my condolences to his family.

Channell Dawson

April 3, 2019

I remember it like it was yesterday. Moving to Houston, TX from New Orleans, La you were my first trainer in FIS for CBP. I not only learned the job but also how to maintain my sanity on the job to sustain until retirement. You weren't perfect but you strived to be close to it as you used to say. I can hear you singing the same old school songs over and over then making the sayings "That was before your time" or "You too young to know this one". My condolences to the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Phil was a great man. He will truly be missed.

Donna Lomax

April 2, 2019

Phil was a teacher, my big brother & friend. I remember one summer he was eating shrimp at the dining room table. It smelled soooo good. Karen & I kept pestering him for a shrimp & he kept telling us we didn’t want any because they were “hot”. That day I learned a lesson that has stayed with me - “be careful what you ask for.” The Tabasco sauce set my mouth on fire & he laughed until he cried. That was Phillip “Doberry” Watkins. Until we meet again. You will be missed.

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