Ranger Exes Memorial - Others

Dr. W.P. Watkins DR. WIRTER PRIEST WATKINS, M.D. was born Aug. 20, 1917 in Lott, TX, to Wirter Thomas Watkins and Georgia Ann Priest Watkins. He graduated from Baylor University and Baylor University Medical School. A major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he served as a field surgeon in Europe during WW II. After the war he and his wife, Dorothy Louise Wilson Watkins, moved to Eastland in 1946 and to Ranger, TX in 1948. He joined the Ranger Clinic & practiced medicine in Ranger from 1948 to 1985. Dr. Watkins was loved and respected by many people. He was more than a doctor to many of them; he was a teacher, a counselor, a leader and a friend. He was known to devote all his energies to his many patients and to worthy causes. He was involved in many civic activities and always wanted to do as much as possible for the town. He served as a member and president of the Eastland County Medical Society, the Ranger School Board, and the Board of Directors of Ranger Savings. He was also a member of the Board of Regents of Ranger Junior College, a director of Olney Savings, and a member of the Lion’s Club and First Baptist Church. He served as team doctor for Ranger High School and Ranger Junior College. In 1960 Dr. Watkins was named Ranger’s Citizen of the Year. The Ranger Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Golden Deeds Award in 1985 and the City of Ranger honored him on his 69th birthday with the “W.P. Watkins Day” in 1986. What mattered most to him though, was the daily care of the many persons around him, young and old, who depended on him as their doctor. At the time of his death, Dr. Watkins was survived by his four children: Jill Watkins Criswell (RHS-1962), Jan Watkins Wilson (RHS-1965), James Wilson Watkins (RHS-1968), and William W. Watkins (RHS-1969) and 11 grandchildren.