Kenneth, 75, of Corrigan, Texas was born November 12, 1932, in Corrigan, to Ethel Syble (Fenley) and Harvey Crosby Watson. He passed away February 4, 2008, in Lufkin, Texas after losing a four-year battle with cancer, but gaining the victory of a Christian. Kenneth graduated from Corrigan High School in 1952 and began work in the Houston office of Southern Pacific Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, then returned to his employment. He attended the University of Houston at night and received his BBA degree.
On July 28, 1953 Kenneth married Pauline Hancock of Chester, Texas and they enjoyed 54 ½ years together. In August 1989, he retired as an officer of the Traffic Department and they moved back to Corrigan on "The Old Homestead". He enjoyed 18 years of keeping up a huge "park-like" yard and raising vegetables for family and friends.
Kenneth was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Corrigan and the Senior Men's Sunday School Class.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Deborah Kay Watson; son, Gregory Allen Watson; brother, Lemuel Watson; and sister, Rachel Rutherford.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Watson of Corrigan; son and daughter-in-law, Dwayne and Janath Watson of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Gail and Justin Anglin of Pflugerville; grandson, Gary Dwayne Watson, Jr. of Houston; granddaughter, Kayla Elaine Watson of Houston; brother, Leon Watson; sisters, Mary Wiggins of Corrigan, Evelyn Thomas of Lufkin and Delia Collard and husband Paul of Channelview; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elaine and Norman Anderson of Spring and Jackie and Walter Cowart of Woodville; special friend, Thomas Lockhart; and a large number of relatives and friends.
Services will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Corrigan with Pastor Ralph Johnston and Brother Walter Cowart officiating. Burial will follow in the Mahaffey Cemetery outside Chester in Tyler County, Texas.
Pallbearers for his service will be Gary Watson, Sr., Gary Watson, Jr., Kelvin Collard, Larry Thomas, Bill Hatcher, and Glen Bradley.
Special thanks goes to Drs. Moran, Campbell, "Lisa", Ahmad, Mathew, Peitersen, and Roberts. Also, to Micheal Powell and the staff of Grace In-Step Care Center and Hospice in the Pines.
The family will welcome family and friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home in Lufkin.
Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.