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Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Trinity Memorial Park, Big Spring, Texas, 6900 S. Highway 87, for Weldon Miles Watson, who was born July 28, 1926, in Ira, Texas, to Ava and Bill Watson, who preceded him in death. Weldon attended school in Ira, Texas, while working with his family on their farm. It was in Ira that he met and married Eutha Fay Bryce on Jan. 18, 1945. Fay passed away Aug. 16, 2012, after 67 years of marriage.
Weldon and Fay had two children, Susan Hunter of Roswell, N.M., and Leslie Watson of Elkhart, Texas. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Jan Watson; sister, Gloria Nell Griffin, of Vincent, Texas; brother, Jimmy Pat of Moab, Utah; sister-in-law, Ann Israel of Odessa, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family who loved him and never doubted his love for them.Â
Weldon had the good fortune to have a second wife to love, Willadine Ditmore, whom he married April 15, 2013, in Roswell, N.M. She survives him along with his step-daughter, Andrith of Salida, Colo.; step-son Steve Ditmore of Alaska; and their children.Â
One of the most defining moments in Weldon's life was Feb. 3, 1982, the day his grandson, Cody Joe Rattan, was born. Weldon and Fay knew there was no other child on earth as they only had eyes for him. Weldon nurtured him, molded him, and helped his parents make him into the wonderful man he is today. He was the "apple of his grandpa's eye" and the "apple" did not fall far from the tree. Weldon was so proud of Cody and loved him more than life. Weldon was especially happy when Cody married Desiree Rogers in the fall of 2013. He loved her very much and knew she would be the perfect granddaughter.
Weldon is a WWII veteran. He was in the Army and served his country for three years. Upon his return to Texas, he started Watson Water Well Service in Big Spring in 1953. After 22 years, he moved to Odessa and went into the oil business. He retired in 1996 and moved to Roswell to be near his daughter and grandson.Â
Weldon was a true country gentleman and cowboy. He was a devout Christian man, always serving the Lord in the Church of Christ. Weldon attended Country Club Church of Christ in Roswell, at the time of his death.Â
Weldon passed away April 2, 2014, at Loveless Regional Hospital in Roswell. He was surrounded by family who adored him as he peacefully slept until he was safe in the arms of the Lord. His body will be laid to rest at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring beside Fay. His soul will live happily on in the Kingdom of Heaven.Â
Condolences may be made online at www.Lagronefuneralchapels.com
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.