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Stanley Howell Watson

Tyler, Texas

Apr 8, 1939 – Jan 4, 2021 (Age 81)


April 8, 1939
January 4, 2021
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Graveside services for Stanley H. Watson, 81, of Tyler, will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM at Marvin United Methodist Church with Rev. Gerry Giles and Dr. Doug Baker presiding, under the direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.  Social distancing and all recommended safety procedures will be strictly followed.  Mask are required.

Stanley was born April 8, 1939 in Long Branch, Texas and he passed away on Friday, January 4, 2021 in Tyler.

Stan married Patricia Adcock on June 4, 1976 and they shared 44 wonderful years together.  He was a retired professor of American History at Tyler Jr. College for 44 years and prior to that, taught 2 years at Stephen F. Austin.  All his life, former students would approach him in stores or restaurants and tell him how much they loved his class.  Several of them were inspired to go into teaching because of him.

He also taught Sunday School at Marvin United Methodist for many years and a Bible study of class on Wednesdays for the Men's Group.  Stan was truly a Bible scholar and devoted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He served in many capacities at Marvin and was beloved by all.

Stan joined the Army immediately out of high school and served for three years in intelligence. 

His hobbies included golf, fishing, travel, reading and of course, a good political discussion.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Silas H. and Lizzie Mae Watson; brothers, Donald L. Watson and Raymond E. Watson, all of Henderson and is father-in-law, Daniel W. Adcock of Tyler.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; sister, Linda C. Watson and brother, Johnnie D. Watson of Tyler; sister-in-law, Robbie Watson of Henderson; nephew, Lee Watson of Lawton, OK and his spouse; niece, Connie Watson of Lubbock and her spouse.  Survivors from his wife's side of the family include mother-in-law, Olivia Adcock; sister-in-law, Danna Davis and spouse Jeff of Fort Worth; brother-in-law, Scott Adcock and spouse Amy of Lindale; nephews and spouses, Benn Davis, Casey Davis and Landon Adcock and many great nieces and nephews whom he loved.

Pallbearers will be George Tefteller, Tommy Stewart, Scott Adcock, Landon Adcock, Jeff Davis and Casey Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnnie Watson, Ben Davis and members of The Seekers Class of Marvin Methodist.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to The Eternal Flame Fund, the Music Department at Marvin United Methodist Church or the Hospice of East Texas Foundation.

The family would also like to send a special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Aides on the 6th floor Covid unit at Christus Trinity Mother Francis for their care and compassion that was exceptional and a comfort to all of us.

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Dear Pat, Mr. Watson meant so much to my husband and me. We took his history class together at TJC 14 years ago, and he was a bright light in our lives. We could feel his love for the Lord, and so enjoyed his stories, and his teaching. We have spoken fondly of him many many times over the years. We send you prayers and love during this difficult time. Know that his legacy will live on.

Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Stan. What a wonderful person, teacher, friend, and devoted family man. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for you during this very hard, difficult time in your life.
Love ,
Suzanne Head Skeels

Pat, you have been in my thoughts the last few days. I will miss Stan. I always enjoyed talking to him. He was fun, interesting, and a wonderful person. Take care.

Mr. Watson was my favorite teacher when I attended Tyler Junior College. I attended TJC as an adult, so Stan and I got along well. He was a great guy and a good person to have a spirited conversation with. I am very sorry to read about his passing, and very very sorry for your loss.

To be a great teacher one must first be a great person. Stan was both of these and more. Most of all, he was a great friend who will be deeply missed by all of us who knew him and cherished his friendship.
Steve and Alice

He will be missed. Praying for all of you.

As I remember my Uncle Stan, I recall a few firsts. My first typewriter, learning to water-ski for the first time, a horse to call my own, a white German Shepherd named Blitzand the list goes on. He was supportive of education. He loved family. I have often fondly reminisced of raucous holidays, domino games and dinner table discussions. He was and is loved and will be missed. Love to Aunt Linda, Uncle Dewayne & Aunt Pat.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. We enjoyed having Stan as our Sunday School teacher.

Pat- We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Stan. What an incredible man! He led such a rich, full life and taught so many through his educator role but also through his faith and testament. He’s fought a great battle over the last few years but his body was tired of the fight. I’m sure he was greeted at the Gates of Heaven with a Mighty, “ Well done”! Our heart and prayers are with you for strength, love and peace as you heal.