Allen A. Watson, Jr., a long time resident of Edmond, Oklahoma departed this life early Monday morning, September 27, 2010.
Allen was born in McAlester, OK. on May 29, 1916 to Allen and Zella Watson. He was a member of the Edmond Church of Christ.
He leaves behind his wife Dorothy of the home, six children, Elvia and wife Velta Taylor, Gary and wife Karla Taylor, Allen A. Watson III and wife Cecelia, Judy and husband Lewis Donald Hicks, Jean and husband Ron Varner, Becky and husband Gary Mounger. He also had nine grandchildren, Shari and husband Dean Dawson, Dean Taylor, Glenn and Wife Jamie Taylor, Steve and wife Joely Taylor, Kelly and husband John McMahon, Keith and wife Kathryn Varner, Geoff and wife Rocklynn Varner and Emerson and wife Wendy Mounger. He also had ten great grand children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, wives Bertha and Juanita, and one grandson, Ken Hicks.
Allen attended college in Hartshorne and Central State College. During World War II he was a Civil Service Radio Mechanic stationed at the Lexington Signal Depot in Lexington, KY. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for KTOK and WKY Radio and WKY, KTVY which is now KFOR in Oklahoma City. Allen also worked as a Professor Emeritas at Central State University in the Science Department. Allen was a member of the Amateaur Radio Society from 1934 until his death. He was able to talk to almost every country in the world during the seventy six years he was a HAM Radio Operator. Allen learned to speak small portions of several languages.
He and his wife Dorothy became members of four Square Dance Clubs. They danced in these clubs for over fifteen years. Allen and Dorothy went to Clown College and became Professional Clowns know as Piddle and Paddle. They enjoyed performing for local events and at nursing homes and Senior Centers.
Allen's passions were traveling to Indian PowWows and trips to Lake Powell in Arizona. He was able to make a complete video history of the building of Lake Powell by making trips each year as the lake was built and for years after.
He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling together on Bus Tours around the country. Allen will be missed by many because of his adherence to Will Rogers motto of "I never met a man I didn't like." And as Allen would close, "And I thank you very much."
Funeral services for Allen will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, September 30, 2010, at the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond, with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond.
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