Lonnie Watson

Lonnie Watson

Thursday, May 5th, 1938 - Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
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Service for Lonnie Watson, 81, of Cleburne, will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 9, 2019, in the Calvary Baptist Church in Cleburne. Burial will be 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in the DFW National Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8:00 P.M. Friday, November 8, 2019 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Paul Elkins, Nelson Rochelle, Love Fantroy, Robert Clay, Dale Hannah and Reginald Cleveland. Honorary pallbearers will be Sgt. Major Wayman Hemphill, Albert Rheams, Roderick Cleveland, Reimann Davis, Christopher Applegate, Don Grover, Tommy Franklin and Roger Harman.
Lonnie Watson passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Fort Worth. He was born May 15, 1938 in Thomastown, Louisiana to Dennis and Sallie (Claiborne) Watson. Lonnie married Annie Ruth McKinnon on June 13, 1966 in Abilene. He graduated as Salutatorian from Thomastown High School in Thomastown, Louisiana; received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Agronomy from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and an Associate Degree in Personnel Management from Odessa College in Odessa, Texas.
Lonnie also had an extensive military career, serving in the United States Army, 1963-1965 and United States Army Reserve 1965-1994. He was a First Sergeant for 6 years; Operation Sergeant Major for 7 years; Battalion Sergeant Major for 4 years and Brigade Command Sergeant Major for 12 years.
Lonnie was the owner and operator of Watson and Son, Inc. in Cleburne from 1984 to the present and was awarded Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. Lonnie worked as a Soil Scientist and Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service from 1974-1994 in Cleburne. He was the first African-American hired by the Department of Agriculture to become a Soil Scientist. Lonnie served on the Mount St. Helens Volcanic Disaster Rescue Program Team as Lead Conservationist, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Counselor, Cleburne State Park Nature Trail as Lead Developer, Community Soil Conservation Calendar Creator and FFA Soil and Land Judging Contest as Chairman and Judge.
Lonnie was very active in his community, serving in several positions; he was appointed by Governor George W. Bush as Texas Workforce Commissioner, Board Member of Members Credit Union, Board of Directors for Texas Health Resources Cleburne, Board of Trustee for the Cleburne Independent School District, City Councilman for the City of Cleburne, Planning and Zoning Committee Member (2 terms) for the City of Cleburne, Board of Directors for the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, President of Cleburne Christian Businessmen, Board Member of Cleburne Prayer Breakfast Club, First African-American Johnson County Grand Jury Foreman, President of Cleburne Crime Stoppers, Board of Directors of Cleburne Evening Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors of United Way, Board of Directors for the City of Cleburne Library Committee, President of Yellow Jacket Booster Club (2 terms), President/Commissioner and Coach of Cleburne Baseball Association, Board of Director, Coach and Referee (6 terms) for Cleburne Soccer Association, Scout Master (2 terms) for the Cub Scouts of America Troop #1224, Volunteer for Camp Fire, Speaker, Mentor and Volunteer for Future Farmers of America and Volunteer for the 4-H Club.
Lonnie was also very active in his church, First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Cleburne, where he served as Deacon, Brotherhood Group President, Finance Officer, President of the Choir and a member of the Male Chorus.
Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Sallie Watson; brother Joe Louis Watson and daughter Renata Richardson.
Lonnie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Annie Watson of Cleburne; daughter, Sabrina Watson of Burleson; son, Barrett Watson of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Reginald Richardson and Jhamir Richardson; sisters, Vera Davis and Geraldine Shears both of Tallulah, Louisiana, special friend, Albert Rheams, numerous nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home
    512 North Ridgeway Dr.
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Calvary Baptist Church-Cleburne
    700 Woodard Ave
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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    Reverend John Warren
    Reverend Willie Stevenson
  • Interment

    DFW National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
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    11:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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Posted at 01:05pm
I am from Tallulah, La. and grew up down the street from Lonnie and Ms Sallie. Please accept my warmest condolences in this moment of your lost.
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Jeff Gilbert

Posted at 12:53pm
Lonnie and his family lived next door to us as kids. We all grew up with Sabrina and Barrett, and had some great times. Lonnie was probably the nicest, likable guy in our community. Sure gonna miss his always smiling face and extremely strong hand shake. He taught me how to shake hands like a man and look you in the eye. Prayers to the family.

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Posted at 12:35pm
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