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William Hugh Watson Sr.

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WILLIAM HUGH WATSON, SR. went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 16, 2006. He passed away peacefully after a prolonged illness. Bill was born February 10, 1917, the son of Hugh E. Watson and Bonnie Damon Watson. He is preceded in death by his brother Robert E. Watson. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Audrey Martin Watson. Bill and Audrey were high school sweethearts, and the love they shared was an inspiration to all of their family and friends. He is also survived by his son, William H. Watson, Jr.; daughter, Robin Watson Livesay; son-in-law, Dr. James Livesay; sister-in-law, Peggy Watson; and his nieces and nephews. Bill was blessed with five wonderful grandchildren who truly loved their Paw Paw: William H. Watson III and wife Molly, James E. Watson, Bradley D. Watson, Jenny Livesay Webster and husband Blake, and Grant W. Livesay. He was also grateful for his five great-grandchildren: Connor, Tyler, Kalie, Chase, and Clay Watson. Bill was born in Oklahoma City and moved to Houston at a young age where he remained until his death. He was blessed with many friends, all of whom cherished his friendship, his wonderful wit, and sense of humor. Wherever Bill went, jokes, smiles, and laughter were sure to follow. He was a graduate of San Jacinto High School, class of 1935 and attended Rice Institute, class of 1939. Bill was the golf professional at Memorial Park golf course during the 1940's with the exception of the 18 months he bravely served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. His business endeavors centered in real estate and related fields. He was a co-founder of Peppermint Park Kiddieland in 1956 and retired in 1981. An active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Bill served several terms on the Administrative Board. He was a past president of Braeburn Country Club and a member of the Colonneh Club. Bill was very active in two prominent men's associations. He served as Secretary of the Executives Association of Houston for 47 years. In addition, he was the co-founder in 1950 of The Breakfast Association of Houston. Bill served as secretary and manager of that association for 45 years. Both organizations remain active today. His friends from The Breakfast Association of Houston will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family is so grateful for the wonderful Christian caretakers who lovingly ministered to Bill during his prolonged illness: Alfaretta Bennett, Wayne Hall, Gail Jefferson, and Janie Johnson. The family also appreciates the help provided by the staff at Vosswood Nursing Center. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 24th of January 2006 in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, with his friend and pastor, Dr. James W. Moore, officiating. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2006
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