Jack E. Watson

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jack E. Watson, 77, of Granby, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 9, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital, following a sudden illness. He was born May 6, 1936, in Washburn and lived in the southwest Missouri area all of his life. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Cassville American Legion, No. 118.

Jack was a retired truck driver for Praxair and was a former deputy sheriff, serving under Frosty Land and Joe Abramovitz, and he had worked at the Joplin Police Department. He was a member of Granby Masonic Lodge 514. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed game shows on television and farming. He loved his grandchildren and always called his dogs, 'his girls.'

He was saved at a tent revival in November, 1947 at Washburn and was baptized in a creek. Jack was a faithful member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. Jack and Bea (Fry) were married on May 3, 1957, in Duluth, Minn., and she survives.

Also surviving are: two children, Scott (Cindy) Watson, of Springfield; and Stacey (Joey) Adams, of Granby; four grandchildren, Cara Watson, John Watson, Jackson Adams and Will Adams; one brother, Ed (Jan) Watson, Joplin and two sisters, Bonne (Carl) Smithson, Springfield and Lana (Bob) Cantwell, Cassville.

Services will be Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home, Granby, Rev. Tom Casady, II and Rev. Charles Brock will officiate. Graveside services with full military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Washburn, and serving as pallbearers will be Joey Adams, John Watson, Jackson Adams, Will Adams, Ed Watson, Bob Cantwell and Carl Smithson. Honorary pallbearers will be Corley Baker and Paul McClendon.

A Masonic service was held today (Wednesday) evening at the Clark Funeral Home, Granby, with visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Advocates, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 26, Granby, MO 64844. Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Granby, Mo. Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.