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Edward E. Watson
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A celebration of life is planned for a later date for Edward Eugene Watson, 76, of Ceres. He died July 6, 2007.

Born Nov. 13, 1930, Mr. Watson was a native of McLoud, Okla., born to Odis and Capitola Watson. He lived there until he was 11 years old. He joined the Navy at the age of 16. After basic training, he became a teletype operator aboard the USS Missouri during the Korean War. While docked in Portsmouth, Va., Ed met his future wife in Willa Ailene Ward. They married a year later in 1953.

In 1954 they moved to Ceres where they raised their only son, Ronnie Lee Watson. He and his late wife owned and operated a restaurant and he also was a TV repairman for many years before his retirement. Willa died in 1995 and Ronnie in 1999.

He leaves behind two sisters, Patsy Phillips of Modesto and Joann Thomas of Empire; his brother-in-law, Terry Graham of Empire; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Watson of Ceres; three grandchildren, Smokey Watson of Jamestown, Brandy Sutton of Sonora and Dusty Watson of Needles; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter Watson and Kelly Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Capitola Watson; his wife of 52 years, Willa Watson; son Ronnie Watson; and a niece, Suzann Phillips.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /August 1, 2007