Ben Watkins is a mechanic at the cotton gin in northern Louisiana. His wife is Ruth Watkins.
During the events of The Evictors (1979) played by Michael Parks
Jake Rudd shows Ben and Ruth a house for sale. After the tour around the house, Jake hands them the keys to the house and tells them he will try and push the mortgage paperwork as soon as possible. A few days later Jake sees them again and congratulates them on buying the house. He gives Ruth an extra key and tells them good luck. They find a note inside welcoming them from Olie Gibson. Mr. Wheeler tells Ben, Mr. Buckner wanted him to invite Ben to the annual employee picnic. Ben comes home and he tells her about the picnic and she asks if they can go to church and then shows him a note from the mailbox. A Peddler stops by the house and tries to sell some things to Ruth. Ben buys some chickens from the Peddler and also offers him work chopping wood. Jake says hello to Ben and Ruth after church service with Preacher Higgins and then Olie introduces herself to them. She invites them over for food and tells Ruth if she ever gets lonely to come and visit her. At the employee picnic, Mr. Wheeler introduces Ben and Ruth to Mr. Buckner. Mr. Buckner tells Ben he can't afford to buy new machines and tells him he will try and get him a draft deferment. Ruth tells Ben all the woman keep on talking about the house and none of them will come over even when they are invited. Before they leave, Lady at Party gives them a pie to take with them. As Ruth is cutting Ben a piece of pie, she sees a man standing outside staring at her. She screams and calls for Ben, but when he comes downstairs the man is gone. Ben goes on a business trip and later calls and tells Ruth he is coming home early and she tells him she thinks someone is in the house, but he can't hear her and hangs up. Ben arrives at Olie's house and Ruth tells him what happened. Ben asks Olie if he can borrow a shotgun and she also gives him a box of shells. Ben and Ruth return home and they search the house for the man, but don't find him. Ruth tells Ben she wants to go back to New Orleans, but he tells her they can't afford to. They go into town and Ben talks to the Sheriff who tells him they will be able to visit their house twice during the day and twice during the night. Ben buys a gun and teaches Ruth how to use it. He calls Ruth and tells her he is going to have to work late, but Olie said she could stay with her. Ben tells Mr. Wheeler that no one is answering at his house or at Olie's house and he is going to leave. Ben walks into the house and Ruth shoots him. The man then walks into the house and attacks Ruth with a large knife, but is shot by Ben and crawls away. Ben then dies from being shot.