Alma M. Watkins, a longtime operator of Charlie and Dick's Oasis, one of the oldest nightclubs on St. Petersburg Beach, died Thursday (Feb. 15, 1990) at Humana Hospital-St. Petersburg after a short illness. She was 81. With her late husband, Charles J. "Charlie" Watkins, she started the Oasis in 1952 as an open-air food stand near the end of Blind Pass. People came from miles around to sample their hot dogs and beer and listen to Mr. Watkins' accordion.
In the more than 30 years that followed, the family-operated business entertained with a combination of ragtime, Gay '90s and Roaring '20s sing-along shows.
Since her husband's death in 1985, Mrs. Watkins had reduced her activities at the club but often took part in celebrations of major holidays and birthdays, her son, Richard, said.
Mrs. Watkins was born in Pittsburgh and came here in 1948.
Survivors in addition to her son include a daughter, June Foley, St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave., St. Petersburg Beach. Services will be at the funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. with burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater.