GALLIPOLIS — Harold E. "Buddy" Watson, 88, of Gallipolis, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born Nov.19, 1925, to the late Golden and Gertie Clary Watson of Gallipolis.
Harold was a veteran World War II as private first class in Company C 46th Armored Infantry Battalion. Sent to Europe, he landed in LeHarve, France. He went on to be in the 5th Armored Division, then into the 9th Army. Harold served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Harold was employed at Gallipolis Developmental Center as a supervisor and retired after 35 years of service. He also worked his family farm raising cattle, tobacco and hay. He also enjoyed gardening and caring for the yard. Harold loved to travel. Harold was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family. He was a member of Okey Chapel Church.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents Golden and Gertie Watson; his sister Clarabelle Haner Thomas; and two nephews, Paul Haner and Raymond Lee Haner.
Harold is survived by his wife, Pauline Shafer Watson, whom he married Dec. 2, 1944; two daughters, Donna Gaye Watson Massie, of Gallipolis (at home), and Dorothy Louise Watson Evans Hunt, of Logan, Ohio; five grandchildren, Phillip Massie (Celeste Harrington), of Gallipolis, David Massie (Diana Harless), of Blacklick, Ohio, Elizabeth Ann Massie, of Patriot, Eric (Lisa) Evans, of Smyrna, Tenn., and Karen Evans (Nicholas Meade) of Logan; stepgrandson Matthew (Ashley) Hunt, of Lancaster, Ohio; 13 great grandchildren, Dylan and Hayden Massie, of Delaware, Ohio, Jack Massie, of Columbus, Jillian Massie, of Gallipolis, Jonathan and Justin Hodge, of Mount Alto, W.Va., Jayna and Jeffery Garnes, of Patriot, Kristin and Justin Evans, of Smyrna, and Micaela Kaitlyn and Christopher Meade of Logan; three great-great-grandchildren, Owen Massie and Ayvah Hurlow, of Gallipolis, and Zayden Hodge of Mount Alto; sister Frieda I. Ervin, of Fort Myers, Fla.; brother Myron Dale (Maralene) Watson, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; six nephews; two nieces; and many cousins.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery with military graveside services by volunteer veterans. Friends may call the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014.
Pallbearers will be Phillip and David Massie, Eric Evans, Nicholas Meade, Matthew Hunt and Justin Hodge.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Harold's memory to Ridgelawn Cemetery, c/o Lona Mae Houck, 2286 Ohio 218, Gallipolis, OH 45631.
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