Delmer Ree “D.R.” Watson
August 30, 1927 – October 7, 2018
New Albany-Delmer Ree “D.R.” Watson, age 91, died peacefully Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Union County Health and Rehab surrounded by family and friends. He was born August 30, 1927, in Myrtle, MS to Russell Henry Watson and Mary Alice Maxey Watson. He was a retired truck driver and farmer.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served his country in WWII and the Korean War. Delmar was an active member of New Albany Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and Elder for many years. He loved his church family and he always had candy for the kids. He also had been an active member of the American Legion Post #72.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at New Albany Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kyle Brent and Rev. Bill Everette officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.
He was the father of Marilyn Stroman (Karl); grandfather to Chris Purvis (Cyndi); step-grandfather to Sean Eastman (Hayley); great-grandfather to Chris Jr. and Caleb Purvis; and Tori Lynn, Ellie Grace, and Joey Eastman. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him greatly.
Delmar was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Helen Bryant Watson; son, Henry Joe Watson; and five brothers, A.V. Watson, J.C. Watson, Bill Watson, Jessie Frank “Red” Watson, and his twin brother Elmer Lee “Curley” Watson.
Pallbearers will be Shelby Lowery, Butch Collums, Eddy Prescott, Jerry Harmon, Mac Fennell, and Larry Treadaway. American Legion Post #72 will provide honor guard services.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at United Funeral Service. The body will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. until service time the day of the service at the church.
In lieu of the flowers, memorials may be made to New Albany Presbyterian Church, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society, or a charity of one’s choice.
In honor of Mr. Watson’s service to this great country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during the visitation and service.