Bobby Doyce “Big” Watson, 80, of Center

Bobby Doyce “Big” Watson, 80, of Center, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, in Tyler.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.


Mr. Watson was born July 8, 1937, in Shelby County, to Charley Doyle Watson and Annie Ruth Windham Watson. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149. He worked as a carpenter. Mr. Watson was an avid outdoorsman. He loved spending time with his family and his Sardis Missionary Baptist Church family.


He is survived by

Wife of 57 years: Linda Watson of Center



Lisa Verrett and husband, Charlie, of Buna

Tena Moragas of Center



Elissa Taylor and husband, Cody, of Tenaha

Radi Verrett of Buna

Nathan Hathorn and wife, Cadence, of Center

Charlie “Bubba” Verrett of Buna

April Victoria and husband, Gavin, of Buna


Great Grandchildren:

Kypton Taylor

Madyx Taylor

Elli Hathorn

Camden Verrett

Ahava Victoria

Gavin Victoria II

Ivory Victoria


Numerous nieces and nephews


A host of friends


Preceded in death by

Parents: Charley Doyle Watson and Annie Ruth Windham Watson

Sister: Peggie Sue Williams


Pallbearers will be Nathan Hathorn, Cody Taylor, Jimmy Moore, Radi Verrett, Earl Hicks and Darrell McDaniel.


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