Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Clarence L. Watson, 65, of Fairview Heights, Ill., born Aug. 5, 1950, in Shreveport, La., died Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Clarence proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. He served the United States government for another 15 years following his retirement from active duty. Clarence was a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals. An avid bowler and fisherman, he will always be remembered for his love of people and the conversations he had with them. There was never a person he would turn away or refuse to give assistance in any way that he could. He had accepted Jesus Christ at an early age, and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Shemeka Y. Watson and Angela Weathers; his father, Clint Watson Sr.; his mother, Sara, nee Sumner, Ball; two brothers, Clint Watson Jr., and Willie Watson; a sister, Ruby Jean Ford; and a great-grandchild, Dakota King McKissick.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Bettye, nee Moore, Watson, whom he married on July 11, 1970; a son, Stanford (Miakeita) Watson of Kansas; five grandchildren, Kayla B. Wren, Kevin A. Wren, Jade Ervin, Sydnie Weathers, and Gabreyelle Weathers; a great-granddaughter, IsaBella McKissick; six sisters and three brothers, Carolyn Lacour of San Diego, Calif., Rosel McGee and Lester Bell, both of Shreveport, La., Joyce Ball-Birdsong of Minden, La., Curtis Ball of Colorado Springs, Colo., Marilyn Peoples of Shreveport, La., Alice White of Shreveport, La., Betty Cooks of Bossier City, La., and B.W. Watson of Pleasant Grove, Texas; a stepsister, Lucille Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
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Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services, with military honors, will be held at noon Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services with burial at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill., at a later date.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 5, 2016