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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Robert Wendyl Watts

  • Robert Wendyl Watts was born on April 17, 1939, in Sherman, Texas, to Paul Wendyl and Robbie Lee Bryant Watts. He was raised in Madill and graduated from Madill High School in the Class of 1957.


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  • Robert Wendyl Watts was born on April 17, 1939, in Sherman, Texas, to Paul Wendyl and Robbie Lee Bryant Watts. He was raised in Madill and graduated from Madill High School in the Class of 1957.
     
    Robert attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business in 1961. He married Jeri Lynn Lipe and following graduation Robert returned to Madill to join his father and grandfather, Marvin Bryant, in the banking profession as the third generation at the Madill National Bank. Starting out as a teller, Robert was named President of the bank at age 31, which, at the time, made him the youngest bank president in the state. Following a long career in banking, Robert became the City Manager for the City of Madill, where he worked passionately to improve the city services for the citizens of Madill. He was an active member of both the S.O.D.A and S.O.R.D. boards. Robert was instrumental in obtaining numerous grants for improving the infrastructure of Madill including water and waste water treatment plants and extending city utilities to potential new housing and commercial areas. Under his leadership, the Raymond Gary Park, the Fred Stanley Center and renovation of the Fair Barn improved the quality of life for Madill citizens. On March 26, 2004, Robert married Sherry Beard and they enjoyed traveling, attending OU football games in the fall, gardening and spending time with their families. Although Robert’s life was defined by the strong work ethic he learned from his father and grandfather, starting his first job at age 12 at the Madill Lumber Co., he loved spending time at Lake Texoma with his family and friends, OU sports, especially football, the Dallas Cowboys, and traveling. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments. He was active with City affairs until the last few weeks of his life. Robert was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Madill. Robert passed away on January 3, 2011, at the age of 71 at Southwestern Medical Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
     
    Robert is survived by his wife, Sherry of Madill; his children, Robbie Lyn Brooks and husband, Robert, Laura Lee Lawrence and Robert (Rob) Wendyl Watts II; by three grandchildren, Makenzie Patterson, Chase Brooks and Tanner (Sweet T) Lawrence; by his mother, Robbie Lee Watts; his brother, Marvin Bryant Watts and his wife, Sharron; niece and nephews, Shannon Newton, M.B. Watts, Brad Watts, and their children; as well as stepdaughter, Lesley Beard and husband, Nelson Reid, and their daughter, Scarlett Reid.
     
    He was preceded in death by his father, Wendyl; and son, Paul Wendyl Watts II.
     
    Memorial contributions may be made to A2A Race for Mercy, a race his daughter, Robbie, helped to bring to Southern Oklahoma to raise money for the cancer center in Ardmore; the Fran Drummond Day Care Center or the First United Methodist Church.
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    Services will be Friday, January 7, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill, Oklahoma. Homer Walkup and Dan Little will officiate the services. Music arranged by Sarah Watts, Rance Stepp, Mark and Barry Williams. Interment will be at the Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, Oklahoma.  Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma.
     
    Casket bearers: James Fullingim, David Dunn, Dan Little, Lynn Windel, Dick Phillips, Doug Schnieder, David Sprouse, Bobby Kaney, Keith Pruitt and Ronald Nunley.
     
    Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma.
     
    Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.
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