Condolence & Memory Journal

Cousins Jeff and Sam,
So sorry to have missed your father over the last number of years. The last time I saw him was at Peatown Homecoming, which has been a long time. I have been trying to locate him especially in the past year. Wish I had known that he lived near Austin since we have a daughter there, and are in and out frequently. Your grandfather, Jeff, and my grandfather (James Claude Watson), were brothers. I have very fond memories from childhood of both your grandfather and grandmother, Elizabeth, as well as your Watson aunts. Your dad was my mother's (Eloise Watson Daugherty) last living1st cousin.

I live in Midland. My husband and I plan to drive to the memorial service tomorrow. Looking forward in joining you there.
With sympathy, Myra Lynn Daugherty Thurman

Posted by Myra Lynn Thurman - Midland, TX - Family   December 14, 2018

Mr. Watson was such a wonderful, kind man! I want to send my condolences to his entire family. I work at the Bee Cave Public Library & Mr. Watson would come in every day to read the Wall Street Journal. We all looked forward to his visits and if the paper hadn't been delivered we would call the delivery service & insist one be brought because we knew he would be coming in looking for it. He loved his family & shared his photo book with us when he returned from his trip to Australia. We hadn't seen him at the library over the last year but he's been in our hearts & prayers.

Posted by Stephanie Shelton - Bee Cave, TX - Friend   November 29, 2018

What a great man! I learned so much from him in TDCJ Purchasing. He was more than a boss to me - he supported me getting my degree while working full time and raising 2 children with my husband. When Jay died he insisted I needed to drive over and see the lost Maple trees with him and Sara. They were great hosts for Sharon and me. Sara told me once she knew when he'd received a letter from me because he took extra long going to the Post office for the mail. Seems he sat in the parking lot and read them. I loved him and signed all my letters that way!

Posted by Dena Byrd - Huntsville, TX - Friend   November 27, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the family. Jim was a wonderful friend and I will miss him too.

Posted by Nelda White - Austin, TX - Friend   November 23, 2018

Condolences to Jeff & the whole Watson Family, very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Patrick Moore - New Albany, IN - Family   November 22, 2018

Jim was one of my closest friends since early childhood. We experienced many things together, We produced a back yard circus for the entertainment of his mother and friends. We smoked grapevine cigarettes in his scout tent in the back yard of his house on 17th Street. So many other memories like playing against each other in grade school football, camping out in the forest in New Mexico and Colorado, standing for each other at our weddings, and so many other memories too numerous to recount here. I've never had or hope to have a better friend. Jim was smart, honest, and as loyal a friend as I will ever hope to have. I will cherish the memories we shared. He was as good a friend as I would ever expect to have, and I will miss him greatly. George Nelson

Posted by George Nelson - Lubbock, TX - Friend   November 20, 2018

Thank you, Jim, not only for the life you led, but the lives you've helped nurture and care for. Without the courage and affection you've had for your friends and family, I would not be who I am today nor who I will become tomorrow.

Posted by Sam Watson    November 20, 2018