Neal Avery Watt, 76, died suddenly Feb. 3, 2017 while in San Antonio for a Masons meeting.
A native Austinite, he was born Jan. 31, 1941 to Terrance Watt and Marian Watt. He attended Austin schools, including Pease, Wooldridge, O'Henry and Austin High School. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Finance.
He was an unwavering supporter of the Texas Longhorns football team proudly wearing burnt orange for every game. Neal especially loved being with his family at his ranch in San Saba, Tx. where he enjoyed the land and the bonds he had with many residents there.
He was an avid outdoorsman and golfer and loved playing charity golf tournaments. He was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Headliners Club, life member of the Texas Exes and the English Speaking Union. He also was a supporter of the Former Texas Rangers Association and Foundation.
His many honors reflect the passion and dedication he held for the Masons. He retired as a Master Mason in 1978 in Hill City Lodge No. 456 in Austin.
Neal was a Past Master of Richland Springs Lodge No. 882 2009, San Saba Lodge No. 612, 2007, and Rising Star No. 429, 2010, Golden Trowel, 2004, 25 Year Service Award, He served as District Deputy Grand Master of District 70, Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM, 2011.
He was Past High Priest of Llano Chapter No. 197, RAM, 2010, Member of the Order High Priest of Texas, and served as District Deputy Grand High Priest for District 20 of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas. He was also a member of Lone Star Chapter No. 6, RAM.
He served as Thrice Illustrious Master of Austin Council No. 2, R&SM, 1984, member of Llano Council No. 135, R&SM, order of the Silver Trowel, and served as District Deputy Grand Master of District 20, 2016 and Grand Council R&SM of Texas.
He was Past Commander of Llano Commandery No. 54 Knights Templar, 2013, Order of Knights Preceptor of Texas and Holder of the Knight York Cross of Honor, 2014, for having served as the presiding officer of all four bodies of the York Rite of Free Masonry.
He was Past Governor, Texian College No. 60, 2013, York Rite Sovereign College of North America, holder of the Order of the Purple Cross and Past Sovereign Master, Charles Goodnight Council N. 500, A. M. D. He was a Member of the Royal Order of Scotland, Ben Hur Shrine, and 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Austin Valley of the Scottish Rite.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Adrienne Monnig Watt and her children and their families: Bruce Barnes, Carrie Barnes and Annie Barnes; Brooks Barnes, Alli Barnes and Benjamin Barnes and Sarah Barnes Hemphill, Jim Hemphill, Meredith Hemphill and Caroline Hemphill. He is also survived by Jim Monnig, Mimi Mason and many beloved cousins from the Avery and Watt families.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. A Masonic graveside service will follow immediately at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Drive.
Pallbearers are Buster Williams, Robert Madison, Jeff Hill, Wayne Walker, Bruce Barnes and Brooks Barnes. Honorary pallbearers are John Avery, Charles Avery, Nelson Avery, Jim Monnig and Jim Hemphill.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to a favorite charity or the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children at 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219 or tsrhc.org.