Tim Watson of Kilgore died Saturday after a prolonged illness. Raised in the Danville community of Kilgore, Tim began working at a young age to contribute to his family’s modest income. In his early teenage years, he was so successful at door-to-door sales, that he often out earned his father’s weekly income. At 17-years-old, Tim lost his right arm in an accident; however, with his great story-telling ability and sense of humor, he convinced his children that he lost the arm while fighting an alligator as a stuntman during the filming of a Tarzan movie. Upon marriage to his first wife Libby Lea, he convinced his father-in-law, the late H.J. “Sonny” Lea
to try him in sales and delivery at Lea’s Butane Service. Sonny was openly skeptical that this one-armed youngster could do the work required, which included driving a stick-shift butane truck with no powersteering;however, Tim overcame and went above and beyond. His talent for nurturing customer relationships delivered tremendous growth for the company. Meanwhile he learned the business trade, and further developed his keen eye for opportunity. He went on to found his own company, Waterblastco, Inc., providing high-pressure water cleaning solutions to Texas Eastman and numerous other refineries and plants across East Texas. All the while, Tim pursued a hobby that everyone said he could not do. So he did: Becoming the community’s only one-armed golfer. Tim was known as one of the greatest putters in Kilgore’s history, often sinking putts ranging from 50 feet or more from on or off the green. Tim never turned down a challenge on the course and more often than not, he prevailed. Tim’s love of the game lasted a lifetime. Each April, without fail, he and his son Tom spent hours watching The Masters Tournament and reminiscing on their own golf victories, memorable shots and tall tales. Tim loved Jesus and was devout in his Bible studies, often reminding his children and anyone who would listen about the teachings of Jesus Christ and the power of rejoicing, even in times of suffering. Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always;I say again rejoice!” Psalms 118:24: “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Tim’s brother Doyle often called Tim the “Pope of Kilgore” because Tim would not allow the opportunity to share the Gospel pass him by.
Tim is survived by his mother, Banona Watson; brothers, Dale and Doyle of Kilgore; sister, Carla Hoss of Marshall; his son Keith Watson of Arlington, his wife Jennifer and their daughters Emily and Annie; his son Tom Watson of Kilgore, his wife Chandra and their children Caleb and Carli; his daughter Amy Watson Porubsky of Fort Worth and her husband Will; grandson Caleb Watson and his wife Taylor gave Granddaddy Tim a great-granddaughter, Kirklynn Kay. Tim is also survived by his Aunt Louise McKinney of Kilgore; his former wives, with whom he remained close throughout the years: Libby Lea of Kilgore and Randa Morton Averitte Watson of Dallas; step-children Michael Averitte of Houston and Amanda Tracy of Dallas; as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Tim is preceded in death by his sister, Karen Watson, and his father, E.H. “Skeet” Watson. He is also preceded by is youngest son, Lincoln Allen Watson, next to whom he will be laid to rest.
Services at the graveside were held in the Danville Cemetery in Kilgore on Tuesday, March 27, with Bro. Don Beebe officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Please leave online condolences www.raderfuneralhome.com