William T. Watson, 63, formerly of Minden and residing in Haughton, passed away Thursday evening, December 22 at his home. His passing occurred following a very sudden illness.
A memorial service celebrating Mr. Watson's life will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Haughton at 2 p.m.
He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in history as his major and later obtained his master's degree. Before moving from Minden, he had been employed with the Webster Parish School Board. His career included teaching at Sibley and Doyline, assistant principal at Webster Jr. High School and principal of Richardson Elementary School.
Some of the many honors bestowed on William during his illustrous teaching career included the following:
Outstanding American History Teacher Award, presented by D.A.R., Dorcheat Chapter, 1989.
Webster Parish Outstanding High School Teacher, presented by the Webster Parish School Board, 1985-86.
Webster Parish Outstanding Young Educator Award, presented by Minden Jaycees, 1972.
More recently, he has been employed at the Arbor in Bossier City. His duties have included entertaining the residents, overseeing maintenance and occasionally performing secretarial and office tasks. He was truly appreciated in all these capacities.
A very talented musician, he was involved in the orchestra at First Baptist Church, Minden, where he played the saxophone. He was also a member of the Harmon Drew Group for several years. Adding to his list of accomplishments was his ability to play the piano by ear.
As a young man, he ran in many marathon races at various sites in the United States, such as the Boston Marathon and New York City. His endeavors earned his winning top 100 in his age group.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Grace Turner Watson of Minden.
Survivors include his wife, Myra; his daughter, Kelsey who is attending Tulane University in New Orleans; his brother, Frank of Metairie; and his stepsons, Matthew Reeves, his wife, Rachael and children, Cole and Isabella of Shreveport and Jonathan Reeves of Bossier City.
William, you will be missed and we will see you on the other side.