Richard “Rick” Watkins, 61, of Little Rock, AR died Monday May 14, 2018. Rick was born August 16, 1956 in Little Rock to the late Richard “Dick” Watkins and Carolyn Taylor Watkins.
Rick graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock in 1974. He then attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO before transferring to his alma mater the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He graduated in 1978 with a marketing degree.
Rick cared for the greater Little Rock community through his work at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, political campaigns, and most dear to his heart Boy Scouts of America. He worked as CEO and owner of The Watkins Company, started by his father Dick in 1971 where they were able to work side-by-side for many years. Rick was a strategic businessman and was known for his analytical mind. He was able to continue to work in the family business with his son Win until Rick's passing.
Rick loved to relax on his couch with a good book. He spent most of his time with family and friends but he would always enjoy traveling to some of his favorite spots including Lake Hamilton, Destin, and duck hunting at Lodge’s Corner. He had a sharp sense of humor and could always be found cheering on the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, AR.
Rick is survived by his wife, Marcia McKinstry Watkins; his son, Win Watkins and wife, Alina; daughter, Kate Mayo and husband, Hunter; brother, Robb Watkins and wife, Susie; mother-in-law, Jeanne McKinstry; brother-in-law, Mark McKinstry; a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews and his dog, Duke.
Donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America Quapaw Area Council, 3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202 or AA Central Office, 7509 Cantrell Road #106, Little Rock, AR 72207. A visitation will be held 1:00pm, Friday May 18, 2018 at Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR (501)224-8300 followed by the funeral services at 2:00pm in the chapel. Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park.