William Jack Watkins, popularly known as Bill, passed away peacefully at home Sunday January, 23rd 2022. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kayla Watkins, his children, Wil Watkins and Misti Watkins Vaughn, cherished grandchildren Austin Vaughn, Madison Vaughn, Kayden Watkins, Liam Watkins, Parker Vaughn, and great granddaughter Emma Vaughn.
Bill was born September 21, 1947 at Fort Baker, California, while his parents were stationed there with the military. Bill and his family traveled the world until they settled in Abilene, Texas. Abilene is where he met his wife at a mutual friend's wedding, a year later they were married on July 10, 1970. They spent the next 30 years raising their family in Abilene working as a science teacher then school counselor. In 1999 he and Kayla moved to Cypress, Texas where he continued being active in education. He served as a consultant and adjunct professor at UNT and in the South Pacific Islands, traveling to Pohnpei, American Samoa, Guam, and several Polynesian Islands.
Bill dedicated his life to education. In that dedication, he earned multiple degrees. His initial bachelors of science was earned from McMurry University. He went on to obtain his masters in counseling from Hardin Simmons University and then his doctor of education from The University of North Texas. He worked in multiple facets of education from classroom teacher, counselor, principal, and adjunct professor both in his home state and abroad. Retirement was fulfilled after serving as a high school principal at Houston Learning Academy.
He will always be remembered for his contagious smile, his humor, love of laughter, his engaging way of telling stories, and his never failing love of life. Bill was devoted to his family and loved each one unconditionally.
The family is planning a celebration of life at a time and place as yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, they are asking for donations to be made to an animal rescue center.