Byron A. Watson
Byron A. Watson, 89, of Springfield, MO, left to be with his Lord and Savior on August 1, 2014, in his home.
He was born July 1, 1925, in The Liberty Community, Faulkner County, AR, to Byron A. Watson, Sr. and Lillie Mae (Price) Watson. He served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific aboard the Destroyer USS McCord from 1942 until the end of the war. He married Alzora Phillips on Nov. 22, 1945. He farmed for several years after WWII, then later worked in the insurance and real estate business, and then a retail business. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was an avid reader and gardener. He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Everett and wife Eunice; two sisters, Hazel Nipps, Maxine Ulmer and husband Jim; sister in law Nell, and brother in law Doug Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Alzora; son Ron Watson and wife Jeannine of Springfield; granddaughter Rhonda White and husband Kelly of Cloverdale, IN; grandson Lance and wife Wendy of Springfield; great granddaughters Jessica Manuel, Abigail and Tanner White, and Makaela and Dalton Watson; step grandchildren Taylor Seevers, Christian and Ashlyn Flesher, Brede, Kellcey, Taylor, Nicholas, Kirrin, and Ryann Nielsen; five brothers, Vollie and wife Sue of Conway, AR, Wayne and wife Annette of Vilonia, AR, Dennis and wife Pat of Blanchard, LA, Eugene of Springdale, AR, and Dwight of Conway, AR; three sisters, Jewel Johnson of Shreveport, LA, Virginia Cash and husband Walter of Crossville, AL, and Pauline Stevenson of Springdale, AR; brother in law Garland Nipps of Benton, AR, and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, August 7, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, with Reverend Mitch Wright officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 12 pm until the time of the service. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Glendale Baptist Church. The family wishes to give special thanks to Good Shepherd Hospice for their compassionate care.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 3, 2014