Clarence Watson

Clarence Watson
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Retired USAF MSgt. Clarence L. Watson, 65, of Fairview Heights, IL, born August 5, 1950, in Shreveport, LA, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Clarence proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant.  He served the United States government for another 15 years following his retirement from active duty.  Clarence was a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals.  An avid bowler and fisherman, he will always be remembered for his love of people and the conversations he had with them.  There was never a person he would turn away or refuse to give assistance in any way that he could.  He had accepted Jesus Christ at an early age, and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Shemeka Y. Watson and Angela Weathers; his father, Clint Watson Sr.; his mother, Sara, nee Sumner, Ball; two brothers, Clint Watson Jr. and Willie Watson; a sister, Ruby Jean Ford; and a great-grandchild, Dakota King McKissick.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Bettye, nee Moore, Watson, whom he married on July 11, 1970;
a son, Stanford (Miakeita) Watson of Kansas;
five grandchildren, Kayla B. Wren, Kevin A. Wren, Jade Ervin,
Sydnie Weathers, and Gabreyelle Weathers;
a great-granddaughter, IsaBella McKissick;
six sisters and three brothers, Carolyn Lacour of San Diego, CA,
Rosel McGee and Lester Bell, both of Shreveport, LA,
Joyce Ball-Birdsong of Minden, LA,
Curtis Ball of Colorado Springs, CO,
Marilyn Peoples of Shreveport, LA,
Alice White of Shreveport, LA,
Betty Cooks of Bossier City, LA,
and B.W. Watson of Pleasant Grove, TX;
a step-sister, Lucille Marshall;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services with military honors will be held at noon, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the funeral home.  Cremation will follow the services with burial at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL, at a later date.

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Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in the Civilian Personnel Office, building 50, 201 W Winter St, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call either of our Service Officers, Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819, for immediate assistance if required.

Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019, Mascoutah, ILLINOIS, 62258

Well, my friend, rest well. It has been a minute, but we certainly had some good laughs and good meals between 375th CONS and DISA. To Betty and the family, may you be consoled by The Comforter, and know Doc is in good hands.
Peace and Comfort to you all.


Cindy Showers, Belleville, Il, 62221

So sorry for your loss, Bettye and family. Doc had such a warm smile and a lovely chuckle…He was a good man who will be sorely missed.

Karen, Troy, IL, 62294

Bettye and family: So sorry to hear about Doc’s passing. We remember both of you so clearly from the years we all bowled together at Scott. He was a real gentlemen all the time with a great sense of humor. Our prayers go out to you and yours.

Bob & Pauline Barrett, Deltona, FL, 32725

Bettye, I am so sorry for your loss. Doc was a good and caring person. I enjoyed your gathering and I especially enjoyed working with him. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace Doc.

Liz Magnetti-Wall (Woolsey), Belleville , , 62223


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