August 31, 1919 ~ September 16, 2011
Walter Leroy Watson was born on August 31, 1919 to Sarah and John Watson in Townsend, Delaware. He was one of eight children. Walter received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army on November 5, 1945. He then married his sweetheart Lillie Mae Mumford on May 5, 1946 and took up residence in Wilmington, Delaware. Within the next seven years two beautiful daughters were born, Carmen and Donna. In 1959, Walter and Mae relocated to California to establish a better life for their family.
Walter worked in the field of Building Maintenance and retired from Burbank Aircraft. He took great pride in keeping his home and landscaping in perfect order. One of his great passions was gardening. He was a member of the Community Garden in Van Nuys where he grew a variety of vegetables, assisted others with their gardens, and brought his veggies home to share with family members and friends. Walter was a great conversationalist and loved to tell a good joke or story, talk about the "ole" days, and lovingly offer his advice to family members on such things as car repairs and home maintenance.
Walter and Mae enjoyed taking trips in their RV together. Some weekends they would just go with friends to the nearest RV campground and enjoy the outdoors. He loved fishing. He also enjoyed holidays when the entire extended family would gather for great meals, playing games, watching basketball, with grandchildren/great grandchildren running amok…It always put a smile on his face. He was loving and devoted to his family. Although he has departed this life, the joyful laughter that he added to our lives will live on in the hearts and memories of those whose lives he touched.
He developed a relationship with God late in life. It was a joy to hear him praising and conversing with our Heavenly Father. He read his Bible and the Upper Room devotional daily as long as his eyesight permitted. Earlier in life he was a member of a musical group where he enjoyed singing spirituals and hymns. Two of his favorites were "The Lord's Prayer" and "Even Me". On Friday, September 16, 2011, the Lord called another one of His children home from labor to reward.
Walter leaves to cherish his memories: His wife, Lillie Mae Watson, two daughters, Carmen Cannon and Donna Barth. Brother William Lenford Watson and family. Six grandchildren Andreana King and husband Gentry, Tracy Underwood, William Cannon II and wife Leslie, Arthur Ray Wilson, Jr. (who preceded him in death), Camille Doyle and husband Karalus, Shameka Barth. Nine great-grandchildren Briana, William III, Taylor, Samara, Izayah, Sakari, Elyjah, Joshua, and Demetrius. He also leaves to cherish his memory nephew Ronnie Watson and cousin Lena Brown and their families along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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