Elven Watkins died on Feb. 19, 2016 in Fort Worth.
Watkins was born on Oct. 12, 1929. He graduated from Childress High School, later attended Wake Forest University, and after finishing a tour with the United States Army, he returned to the University of Texas and earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He worked 10 years in his field before starting Quanah Oil Company. Later he developed and built nursing homes and promoted several business startups. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Childress as a youth. He became a charter member of the Alliance Baptist Church when he moved to Fort Worth and served as a board member.
Watkins is survived by his wife, Gene of Fort Worth, and other family members