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Billy Ray "Pee Wee" Watson Obituary
MONAHANS The greatest man we ever knew went home to be with the LORD on December 7th 2012. Bill was born August 29, 1928 to William and Ava Jewell Watson in Snyder, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Delores Watson of Monahans; sons, Barry Ray (Gena) Watson of Monahans and Brad Alan Watson of San Angelo; daughter, Bambi Leigh (Harvey) James of Midland; two brothers, Weldon Watson of Roswell, New Mexico and Jimmy Woosley of Moab, Utah; one sister, Gloria Griffin of Borden County, Texas; nine grandchildren, Brandee Watson (John) Miles, Bianca Watson (Adam) Foley, Heather Harvey (Jon) Reneau, Hyatt (Rachel) Harvey, Riley Harvey, Hunter Harvey, Kade Watson, Buck Watson and eleven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by one granddaughter, Haley Harvey.
Since the age of 14, Bill Watson has worked and lived in the oilfield. In 1963 he started 3B Oil Company and Watson Packer. Over the years he started, purchased, and expanded several other companies including C&W Manufacturing, Top Acidizers, Murphee Services, Watson Automatic Drilling Company, Watson Packer Employee Fund, 3BJ Drilling, 3-B Field Services, Permian Basin Minerals, Pyramid Gas, Rattlesnake Refining and Chief Transports. He was also an inventor of sand shields, grabber packers and spot control valves. "I never set out to invent anything, I just set out to do a job. But sometimes it happened there was no tool to get the job done and we had to come up with one."
He was a veteran of World War II and a 1952 graduate of Sul Ross University where he met his #1 Delores McCright. He was a former president of the Monahans Rotary Club, member of AIME and API, recognized in Who's Who in America, chair of the Ward County Republican party and a member of First Baptist Church of Monahans.
Although he worked hard, he was a true family man and knew how to play. He always had time for his family and enjoyed fishing, riding horses, swimming, hiking, skiing, boating, hunting and being with those closest to him. He was a man of many talents including standing on his head and wiggling his ears. He jogged daily with his favorite dog Bluezy.
True to his spirit, he did not retire until he made his final business deal on December 4th 2012. Per his wishes, a funeral service or memorial service will not be held. He wouldn't want anyone to miss work on his account. When he saw a need he helped; therefore, in lieu of flowers please send donations to Midland Memorial Foundation 2200 W. Illinois, Midland TX 79701 designated for valet parking for Allison Cancer Center.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thaung of Monahans, Dr Watkins and his staff at Allison Cancer Treatment Center, Ward Memorial Hospital, Nikki, Sarah, Debbie, Veronica and all those who cared for him. Special thanks to all who helped him in his many endeavors. Arrangements are under the direction of Harkey Funeral Home.
Published in Odessa American on Dec. 9, 2012
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