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Perry Virgil Watson (10-26-2017)
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Funeral services for
Perry Virgil Watson Jr.,
82, of Monroe, were held
at 10 a.m. on Tuesday,
October 17, 2017, in the
chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral
Home, 1200 Lamy
Lane, Monroe. Reverend
Michael Wood officiated.
Visitation began at 9
a.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral
Homes prior to the service.
Interment followed
at Beulah Cemetery in
Union Parish.
Perry was born on
August 27, 1935, in Holly
Ridge, Louisiana, to Perry
Virgil Watson Sr. and
Ollie Pearl Watson. The
Watsons moved to Winnsboro where Perry graduated
from Winnsboro High School. Perry attended Louisiana
Tech University where he graduated in mechanical
engineering in 1958 and remained a Bulldog fan and
supporter all of his life. He later earned a Master’s
degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma University
in 1965. He was commissioned in the US Air Force in
1958 and completed Navigator School as a Distinguished
Student Officer Graduate as well as being the recipient
of the Air Training Command – Commander’s Trophy.
Subsequently he attended Electronic Warfare Officer
School, and later B-52 combat crew training School. He
entered the Air Force Reserve at Barksdale AFB in 1960.
Perry served our country with over 30 years in the Air
Force on both active and reserve duty as a navigator
flying more than 2,400 hours on the C-124 Globemaster
and later as a civil engineer, retiring as a lieutenant
colonel in 1995.
In 1960, Perry began work at the Louisiana State
Health Department in Monroe, where he made his
career serving North Louisiana. He was promoted in
the LSHD as an assistant regional engineer, regional
engineer, and lastly district engineer. He was instrumental
in the environmental engineering and compliance
design for north Louisiana’s water treatment,
wastewater treatment, solid waste management and
air quality control. After retiring with over 30 years
service with LSHD, Perry was a consultant at Ark-La-
Tex Environmental for nine years.
In addition to Perry’s professional and civic contributions
to our country and our state, he was a strong
Christian and a firm believer in living his life as Jesus
would have him live it. All who knew him admired
the humble strength and quiet character that Perry
possessed as he served his church and family as a solid
role model.
Left to cherish his memory are: His wife, Velda Ruth
Wade Watson; two sisters – Adell Watson Williams and
Ollie Watson Guimbellot; five children – Sharon Watson
Evans and husband Bennie; Linda Watson; Robert Michael
Watson and wife Tina; Tara Watson Allgood and
husband Patrick; Julie Watson Freeman and husband
David; 10 grandchildren – Lindsay Evans King and
husband Jeff, Jared Evans; Hallie Evans Dye and husband
Andrew, Lauren Watson Tarr and husband Joe,
Jacob Watson, Zachary Allgood, Carson Allgood and
wife Bethany, Laundi Freeman; Sari Freeman; LukeFreeman; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank all of the people who
lovingly assisted Perry during the latter stages of his
life – Teresa Carr, Danielle Boatner, Brenda Sherman,
Amanda Hanley, Melisa Rogers, Luberta Byrd and Betty
Copning. The family also extends sincere appreciation
to Donald Shaw of First Choice Hospice, whose dedication
and attention was unparalleled, and the entire
First Choice Hospice Team led by Judy Palmer; and
to Dr. Richard Zweig and Dr. Richard O’Donovan for
their long-term medical supervision and professional
Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Jared Evans,
Zachary Allgood, Carson Allgood, Jacob Watson, Luke
Freeman, Jeff King, Andrew Dye and Joe Tarr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s
Disease Resource, LSU Health Shreveport
Foundation, 920 Pierremont Rd, Suite 506 Shreveport,
La. 71106
Online condolence messages may be sent to the
family at