Funeral services for Jerry Don Watson, 78, of Madisonville, were held Monday, June 20, at Elwood Baptist Church in the Elwood Community. The Rev. Glenn Connor officiated, and burial was in the Allphin Cemetery. A visitation was held at Madisonville Funeral Home on Sunday, June 19.
Jerry Don Watson was born March 20, 1938, in Elsa, to Raymond and Sally (Lawson) Watson. At the time of his death, he was a retired captain of the Trustee Camp at the Ferguson Unit in Midway. He worked at the Rosharon Unit as a lieutenant starting in 1969 and, in 1984, was moved to the Ferguson unit where he remained until his retirement in 2000.
Fishing was his passion. If anyone could catch a fish, it was Jerry. He caught some really large bass in Lake Madison. He also enjoyed metal detecting, hunting for bottles and collecting coins. He carried three rocks with him at all times. These symbolized three of his grandchildren that lived closest to him. When the children graduated from high school, he gave each one the rock he had been carrying for them. Jerry could fix anything and tried to never throw anything away that he could possibly make useful. He was a member of the Elwood Baptist Church. Jerry passed away on June 17, 2016, in Huntsville. Jerry’s family and friends considered him to be very special and will miss him in the coming months and years.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond Watson; a nephew, Roy Cawthorn; and a son, David Durden. His surviving family includes his wife, Terry Watson of Madisonville; son, Jerry Don Watson Jr. (wife, Lea Ann) of Kyle; daughter, Lisa Brosset (husband, Joe) of Coushatta, La.; brothers, William Watson (wife, Dixie) of Fairfield and Larry Watson of Lawton, Okla.; brother-in-law, Kenneth Wilson of Los Angeles; sister, Norma Jean Watson of Groesbeck; grandchildren, Crystal Miller, Donald Jennings, Ashley Friday (Will), Summer Neal, Cody John Watson, Kelsey Durden and Marissa Spires (Dylan) and numerous great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers: D.J. Jennings, Will Friday, Leo Beene, Wayne Morgan, Ray Mosley and Paul Morgan.
Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.