Gerald "Jerry" Eugene Watson, born Oct. 5, 1942, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at 1:50 a.m., while in the company of his loved ones.
Jerry attended Cahokia High School. He was an outstanding baseball pitcher, with a Wainwright-like curve, that refused his chance as a professional with the Philadelphia Phillies to raise a wonderful family. He steadfastly provided for his family, working in various professions before his health forced his early retirement.
He was preceded in death by his father, Warren Eugene Watson; mother, Betty Lou, nee Calbreath, Watson; son, Philip Warren Watson; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Narelle, nee Holman, Watson; his children, Douglas (Jackie) Watson, Tim Aldridge, Gary Watson, Geri (Eric) Levery, Eric Watson, and Ryan (Carrie) Watson; his siblings, Claudette (Bob) Johnson, Donna (Ken) Patterson, Denise Fee, and Kevin Watson; his grandchildren, Kayla Watson, Alexandra Watson, Joseph Watson, Jacquelyn Watson, Katelyn Watson, Mal Ludwig, Molly Aldridge, Olivia Otten, Brad Cleamer, Timothy Aldridge, Janelle Aldridge, Samantha Babb, Faith Levery, Gerold Watson, Amber Watson, Cole Watson, and Austin Watson; his great grandson, Wyatt Aldridge; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Services: Celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at the home of Jerry and Narelle Watson.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 29, 2016