OBITUARY

Commander Robert Lewis Watkins

February 5, 1933April 26, 2014

Commander Robert Lewis Watkins went to be with the Lord peacefully in his sleep on April 26, 2014. Bob is preceded in death by his first wife Marky Maddox Watkins and parents Bryan and Bess Watkins. His is survived by brother Thomas Hart Watkins & wife, Terry Hiner, daughters Maria Bissonnett & husband Michael Hock and Shari Thomasson & husband James. He leaves behind his beautiful wife Beverly and her children Chris & wife Kathy Darter, Stephen & wife Karla Darter; David & wife Tammy Darter; Michael & wife Amy Darter and Angela Stogsdill. Bob was very proud of his many grandchildren: James Thomasson lll, Krysten Thomasson, Geoffrey Darter, Elizabeth Evans, Beau Bonta, Melanie Darter, EmilyWasson, Shane Bissonnette, Mark Darter, Cody Bissonnette, Haley Bissonnette, Drew, Cooper and Nate Stogsdill, and Ashlyn, Aubrey and Aysa Darter, and his eight great grandchildren.

Bob was a decorated naval officer, aviator and sailor. His days at sea were spent on ships: the Constellation, The Coral Sea, the-Lexington and, the Kitty Hawk. He was awarded 18 medals including The Bronze Star and several commendations. He proudly served his country for 25 years and despite his many travels and deployments, he always considered Oklahoma his pride and joy. Bob loved to sing and tell stories, and he will be greatly missed by all of us who loved him deeply.

There will be a graveside service with military honors on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00 a.m. held at Rose Hill Burial Park. Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.

Services

  • Graveside Service Saturday, May 3, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, May 2, 2014
REMEMBERING

Commander Robert Lewis Watkins

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May 1, 2014

A great company shipmate at the Naval Academy. A very positive guy. He will be greatly missed.
John Langenheim

Donald Anderson

May 1, 2014

I knew Bob in 1952 at the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School. He was a good man and I am proud to have known him. Don Anderson

James Copeland

May 1, 2014

Bob was in our Class of 1956 at the U.S. Naval Academy. Even though it was 58 years ago, I still remember Bob.

James Copeland

May 1, 2014

You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

Drew Hall

April 30, 2014

Absolutely adored standing next to Bob in choir with that beautiful, booming, resonant gift of his, always hoped someday I would grow up to have half the voice he had. Loved cutting up on the back row until Beverly gave us "that look."

The Sunday my eldest daughter was baptized he sang a solo in that rich melodic voice of his and my granddad couldn't compliment Bob enough - even several years later.

Rest peacefully, my friend.

Helen Fischer

April 30, 2014

Am so sad. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Bob was truly special.

FROM THE FAMILY