Thomas Dennis Watson, Sr. was born to March 19, 1931 to Dennis and Lillie (Barkley) Watson in Jewett, Texas. The family later moved to the Mart area. At age 17, he began working as a cowboy and ranch hand for Murray Watson, Sr. and he retired in 1984.
He met Emmitte Bryant in 1953 and married July 30, 1957. To this union four children were born, Sherrie, Sheila, Jessalene, and Thomas Jr.
He joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church under Rev. Dennis Harris where he remained until his demise. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Willie Jean Watson and Mary Sanders.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 63 years, children; Sherrie (Timothy) Ayers, Sheila Burns-Reese, Jessalene (Ricky) White, Thomas Jr., (Connie), two brothers; Luther and Jake Watson, two sisters; Anna Pearl Randolph and Bernice Bryant, one uncle HM Evans, grandchildren; Tiffany, Zachary, and Jennette, Brande, Shannon, Richard Jr., Gene, Jessica, Jonathan, Salina, Sarina, Satrice, Rickayle, Ricky Jr,. and 35 great grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends to whom he was a father figure.
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