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Watkins, Stacey

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August 18, 1975 - January 30, 2017

Watkins, Stacey

Stacey Lane Watkins  August 18, 1975 – January 30, 2016

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Stacey was born in Big Spring Texas.  At around age 2, he moved to San Angelo and later to Houston, Texas where he went to school.  He played Varsity Football at Clifton Middle and Scarborough High School.  After he graduated high school, in the early ‘90s, Stacey joined the 101st Airborne in the Army.  In the army, he obtained several sharp shooter medals and the highest security clearance to be able to work on the patriot missile program.  He traveled around the US with the army, and in Western US, he parachuted into fires to help fight fires.  While in the Army, he married Cynthia Cox and they had a son Joseph (Joe).  He left the Army with distinguished service and returned to Houston.  Stacey divorced after a few years of marriage.   Joe was the most important part of his life and all he talked about.

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Stacey had exceptional artistic talents throughout his life.  He put his talents to use and became highly proficient in AutoCad throughout most of his career.  He was also very mechanically adept, could find a solution to fix anything and used this gift in his work and personal time.  He started One Off Metal Fabrications company designing pieces with AutoCad and making them in metal. He designed and made trophies for car shows and rallies.  He was sought out to design and create items, many of his items are considered a work of art.

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Scouting was a big part of Stacey’s young life.  He joined Tiger Cubs at 7, went through cub scouts and onto boy scouts.  He achieved all the cub scout awards including the Arrow of Light in Webelos.    At 11, he was elected patrol leader and led his scout patrol to win first place at the district camporee.  He was a leader at a young age and earned numerous awards in Scouting.  He went on to earn his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, bronze and silver Eagle Palms.

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Stacey loved animals and had many pets.  When he was very young, he had a pet goat, Peanuts; during elementary school his dog, Lady and in high school he adopted a duck.  The duck would follow him to school if not properly caged.  Throughout his life, he owned and loved dogs.  Most recently, he had his two beloved dogs Terra and her pup, Tank.  Stacey, for some reason, liked snakes and had a pet Python.  Animals were an important part of Stacey’s life.

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At the age of four, Stacey got his first dirt bike and loved to ride through the fields and country side.  Stacey loved riding his motorcycle and working on cars.  He joined the Hellions Car Club and found a home with many wonderful friends that shared his love of the mechanical things.

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At an early age, Stacey loved to cook.  He perfected his cooking skills in making Barbeque.  He sold BBQ on weekends making extra money to help pay for all the things he loved to do.  Stacey entered numerous cook-offs for various charities including Camp Hope and Oaks Dads club, always coming in the top three places.  He also catered many events, always willing to cook for anyone, anytime and anywhere.  Everyone loved Stacey’s cooking.

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All through his life, he was a “big guy” in so many ways.  Not only was he very tall, his heart was his biggest asset.  He was patient, usually quiet, and always willing to help and give to anyone in need. All his friends and his family knew they could always count on him when they needed help, someone to fix something, a meal, and most importantly, a hug.  Stacey was that “big guy”.

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Stacey left us January 30th, 2016, doing what he loved; riding his motorcycle, going to have a birthday dinner with the one he loved the most, his son.  He was predeceased by his brother Trent Watkins, all his grandparents; and two Aunts.  He is survived by his son Joseph, his parents, many cousins, aunts and uncles; his nieces and nephews, Kennedy, Avery, Mila, and Max, and hundreds of friends.  Stacey will be deeply missed.

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Service Information

Funeral: A celebration of life was held on 2017-02-05 at Darst Funeral Home. garden attire suggested as most activities will be outside in the garden. Catering will be provided by Spring Creek BBQ.


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