AMORY – Rupert Calvin Watson Jr., 91, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus. Born June 4, 1922, in Webster County, he was a son of Rupert Calvin Sr. and Letha Elvy Morris Watson. He married Lucy Hodges in 1942. A very patriotic man, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, an Army Air Corp veteran of the Korean War, and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, retiring as chief master sergeant in 1974 after nearly 31 years of service. He served as an alderman for the town of Hatley. Gaining joy from helping others, he was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, traveling with church groups and gardening.
The Guest Book is expired.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. A graveside committal will follow at 3 p.m. at Eupora City Cemetery with military honors.
Survivors include one son, Tom Watson (Sharon) of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters, Maurine Vail of Tupelo and Doris Weeks of Jackson; four grandchildren, Michelle Kelly, Joseph Watson, Deanna Sides and Sam Watson; and seven great-grandchildren, Aaron Kelly, Andrew Kelly, Celia Watson, Lauren Watson, Kerr Watson, Sydney Sides and Sawyer Sides.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one son, James Watson.
Pallbearers will be Don Vail, Jimmy Vail, Sam Watson, Joey Watson, Tommy Watson and Frank Owen.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
E.E. Pickle Funeral Home
500 Third Avenue South
Amory, MS 38821
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 30, 2014