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Bill E. Watson, Springfield, Missouri, departed this life June 7, 2017.
He was born August 20, 1930 at Norman, Oklahoma to Grady Earnest and Nina Bell Watson.
Bill graduated Norman High School in 1948 and attended University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma and was an avid Oklahoma University fan.
He was united in marriage to Nova Dean Smith on June 15, 1951 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma.
Bill was saved at the age of nine in the Baptist Church of Rush Springs, Oklahoma.
He served his country in the United States Army as Staff Sergeant in the Korean War from 1951-1953.
Bill worked at Southwestern Bell/AT&T, retiring as District Manager of Personnel for the state of Oklahoma in 1989 after thirty nine years of service.
Bill was a member of Second Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri and was a member of the Harmony Class. He enjoyed making the class pictorial directories for many years on the computer and was also a prayer leader for the class and had also served as assistant teacher. Bill enjoyed working in the media, camera and switching at the church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister Melba Jean Watson and a sister-in-law Johnnie Ruth McClennahan.
Survivors include his wife Nova Watson, daughter Cindy and son-in-law Dr. Leon Gregston, Springfield, Missouri, his extended family, Aaron and Marti Tidwell, sons Blake, Parker and Landon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chris and Misti Gregston and daughters Libby and Marley of Weatherford, Oklahoma, sisters-in-law, Virginia Morrow and family of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Jozell Montgomery of Wheeling, West Virginia, and special niece Sandra Craig also of Wheeling, West Virginia, Laquita Rogers of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and his special adopted grandchildren Brian Permenter and Lacie Panknin also survive.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Greenlawn Funeral Home East, 3540 E. Seminole, Springfield, Missouri.
Graveside services will be held Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM at I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens, Norman, Oklahoma.
Published on June 9, 2017
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