Thomas Daniel Watson, 75, of Orange Beach, AL, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Columbus, MS.
Visitation was held May 18 at Gunter Peel Funeral Home. Services were held May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Danny Watson was born April 13, 1946 in Decatur, AL to the late Leland G. Watson and the late Emily Mae St. John Watson.
Danny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rebekah Ballard Watson, son, Thomas Daniel Watson (Jennifer) and grandson Cash Daniel Watson, brother, Charles Lee Watson (Nancy), and sisters Lynda Woods (Charles) and Joyce Woods (James Brantley) as well as several nieces and nephews and many, many lifelong friends.
Danny graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964. In high school, Danny was a star athlete in baseball, football, and wrestling. He still holds records in Alabama high school football and he was an All- State Champion in wrestling.
He entered Auburn University after graduation and continued wrestling there. On May 22, 1967, he entered the United States Air Force and served 8 years as an air traffic controller. This included a tour in Vietnam where he not only served his country, but the community of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.
On return to the States, he was stationed at Columbus Air Force Base where he met the love of his life, Becky. They married in 1972, and spent 49 years of life together having fun, working, building a family, and having fun. After leaving the military service, he obtained a degree in fishery biology at MSU. With that, he owned and operated Watson Catfish Farm. He stayed on as a civilian at Columbus Air Force Base for 28 years training over 3,000 pilots in simulated flight to protect our country. In 2017, Danny and Becky moved to Orange Beach, Alabama.
Danny was an avid outdoorsman, loved diving in the Florida Keys, was a bird lover and the best yardman ever. He was a lifetime member of Big Bud Hunting Club. While in Columbus, he attended Wesley United Methodist Church. Danny loved Christ, his family and his country.
He was a great guy.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Dustin Woods, Lanny Wallace, Jesse Woods, Ben Woods, Steve Ballard II, Andrew Watson, Andy Watson, and Jake Watson.
Published by Enterprise Ledger on May 25, 2021.