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Howard K. Watson, 80, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Howard was born in Oneida, Tennessee, on July 29, 1936, the son of Tollie and Nancy (Thomas) Watson.
He graduated from Oneida High School and went to work for Asplundh Tree Service. While working, the tree service passed through Greensburg, where he met Reita Mozingo. While the rest of the crew continued on, Howard stayed in Greensburg and married Reita on June 8, 1957, and she survives.
Howard owned Watson Tree Service for nearly 60 years.
In addition to his wife, Howard is survived by his daughters, Deborah Watson of Marina del Rey, California, Gina Watson of Los Angeles, California, Sue Ricke of Indianapolis, and Lisa Watson of Carmel; sons, Dr. John (Amy) Watson of Greensburg and Gabriel Watson of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren, Erica (Cody) Gault, Elizabeth Ricke, Kristen Scalf, Karsyn Watson, Isabella Watson and Jaxson Watson; great-grandchildren, Jada Gault, Camilla Gault, Isla Gault, and Carter Scalf; and brothers, Otis Watson of Oneida, Tennessee and Joseph Watson of Ft. Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, James Elbert Watson, Alfred Watson, Milford Elcaney Watson, Martha Watson, Geneva Smith, Flora Choate, and Georgia Brown.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17 at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, also at the funeral home with Rev. Cliff Bunch officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Baptist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution to Visit Decatur County Inc. for the Courthouse Tree Upkeep Project. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Published on March 14, 2017
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