Funeral services for John Pascle (J.P.) Watson, 85, of North Zulch, are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at 2 p.m. Services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, North Zulch, with the Rev. Randall J. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery immediately afterwards. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, from 5 -8:30 p.m. at Madisonville Funeral Home
J.P. went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was born May 4, 1930, in New Tabor, Burleson County. He was the son of Tola and Virlena (Clepper) Watson. J.P. was baptized and confirmed on Dec. 29, 1963, into the Lutheran faith and attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Houston. Upon moving to North Zulch, he became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he continued to be actively involved until his passing.
In 1953, J.P. entered the U.S. Army and served honorably through 1955. After completing his military duties and returning to Houston, he married the love of his life, Gladys Ann Sefcik, on June 12, 1955, in Caldwell. God blessed them with more than 60 years of marriage and three children, John, Karen, and Debbie. During those 60 years, J.P. owned and operated a successful dry wall and insulation business for 30-plus years. His strong work ethic carried over into his cattle ranching endeavors, which was his life-long dream.
His passions were serving the Lord, his family, working his land, raising cattle, hunting, fishing, and playing dominoes. All of these things brought him great pleasure. His home was always open to family and friends for a Sunday dinner, a few games of dominoes, or an afternoon at the pond fishing. Whether referring to him as J.P., Jake, Slim, P.J., or P, he truly enjoyed being surrounded by family, friends and especially children, who brought him much happiness. He loved so many and had such a big heart. He will be greatly missed.
J.P. is proceeded in death by his parents, his daughter, Karen Ann Watson, his brother, Hubert Watson, and his sister, Mavis Jo Chaffin.
Surviving family includes his wife Gladys Sefcik Watson of North Zulch, son John Wayne Watson and fiancée Diane Morgan of North Zulch, daughter, Debbie Watson and Greg Majors of Conroe; sisters, Maudie Franks of Snook, Irene Bruster of Caldwell, Lavelle Gasper of Caldwell, Gladys Akers of Caldwell; grandchildren, Brandi and Jason. He is also survived by his “adopted daughter” Melody Allison of Navasota.
Pallbearers are Jarrod Welch, Matthew Welch, Carl Cooper, Danny Sefcik, Steven Houdek, Douglas Franks, Darwin Witte and Blake Nufer. Honorary pallbearers are Roger Swinner and Leonard Marcella.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 5084 Church Lane, North Zulch, TX 77872.
Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.