James Edward Watson of Hopewell, Texas left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 3, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family during his final transition, at the age of 84.
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Paris, 410 West Kaufman St., Paris, TX on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Public viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with funeral services starting at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Wade White officiating.
Internment will be held after the funeral service at Providence Cemetery, 4680 FM 195, Paris, TX.
The family graciously requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Red River Valley War Memorial in the name of MSGT James Edward Watson USAF.
James served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 until 1977, where he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant as a combat aircraft electrician. He served in Vietnam, Okinawa, Thailand and Germany.
After retiring from the Air Force, James was employed as a maintenance supervisor for the Campbell Soup Company in Paris, TX. He then proceeded to finish his career as Assistant Plant Manager of General Foam and Plastics, in Paris, TX.
James liked to volunteer his time and talents to various causes, such as Meals On Wheels, Campers On Mission, and the Patriot Guard.
James enjoyed numerous activities and hobbies such as hard work, road trips, camping, water-skiing, gardening, hunting, fishing, trapping, motorcycles, leather work, and scuba diving.
Spending time with his family was James' greatest pastime.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Albert Watson and Alma Irene Cavanaugh. His wife of 53 years, Claudette Frances Green-Watson. His daughter, Tina Marie Watson-Harvey.
Left to cherish his memory are his two surviving children, daughter Tammy Nanette Watson-Thomas-Waldron and her husband John Patrick Waldron of Hopewell, TX. and son James Edward Watson II and his wife Nelia Maria Toste-Watson of Garland, TX. Also, granddaughter Stephanie Ann Thomas-Dawson (expecting December of 2021) and husband Joshua Levi Dawson of Kanawha, TX, and their children, Xavier Levi Dawson and his wife Michaela Lynn Dawson, Simon Ian Dawson, Wren Eliza Dawson, Lochlan Reid Dawson. Granddaughter Melissa Gail Harvey-Witt and her husband Anthony Ray Witt of Stanwood, WA, and their children, Carter Ryan Witt and Emily Jane Witt. Grandson Brian David Thomas and his partner Able Cruz of Lewisville, TX. Grandson Matthew Ryan Harvey and his fiancee Jamie Rae Shingleton of Austin, TX.
Funeral Services are being provided by Roden-Pryor Funeral Directors, 425 S Church St., Paris, TX.
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