#Watkins70th: Our History
January 23, 2019
David Watkins, the founding father and cornerstone of Watkins Insurance Group, got his start at the R.B. Lewis Agency, which was established in 1949. The agency sold mortgages, but Mr. Watkins offered insurance and he soon became known for it. In 1965, a new partnership—the Lewis-Watkins-Farmer Agency—was formed. In 1985 David Watkins became the sole owner of the new Watkins Insurance Group.
Mr. Watkins’ son Patrick started doing odd jobs at Watkins Insurance Group when he was in his early teens. After attending college at Texas A&M, Patrick joined the agency full-time in 1994, when Watkins had three full-time and two part-time employees working out of a converted house on Koenig Lane. Neighbors and passersby fondly remember Mr. Watkins on the front porch of the small office, talking and smiling to folks who happened by.
Patrick Watkins officially became president of Watkins Insurance Group in 2002, after years of experience and training at the hands of Mr. Watkins, who maintained his friendly presence and role as “Chief Morale Officer” for years after stepping down from his official capacity as president. Unfortunately, Mr. Watkins passed away in 2009, but his friendly, caring nature embodies everything we are today.