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"Joyce K Watson, My Dad"   Watson family story

Rebekah Dowdy
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My Dad's DOB, Name, Parents, Brother, Sister: My Dad was born on June 27, 1919 in Hunter Tillman County Oklahoma to Omer Kire Watson and Cordie Ellen Fraley. He was name Joyce K Watson. He never liked being named a woman's first name so when he returned from WWII he went by J. K. Watson "Cot" was his nickname all his life because as a child he had cotton white hair. He was the second born child. His older Brother Omer Lavern Watson "Vernie" was born April 19, 1918. His younger sister Ruth Mae Watson was born April 25, 1921. All digital transcription of names and DOB in the 1920, 1930, and 1940 United State census are wrong for all 5 members of my Dad's family. Dates of birth are all wrong and so is the spelling of their first, middle, and last name for my Grandmother's maiden name. It has taken me 100's of hours to sort through the records to find the correct dates for each family member. I have had to rely on the SSDI and military records for the men and newspaper obituary, marriage, divorce, and public records for the women. I believe the letter K used as my Dad's middle initial was given to him because his Father's middle name was "Kire". I do not have a copy of my Dad official birth certificate. Not a single record I have found on the internet shows anything but the letter K for my Dad as a middle initial. My Grandmother Cordie Ellen Fraley died in May of 1965 only a few month after my birth on January 21, 1965. I never had the opportunity to ask her why she named my Dad a girl's first name. I would have loved to heard that story. My Grandfather Omer was old and stuffing from health issues and mental decline when I little and we never talked about anything. I was just too young to really carry on much of a conversation with him. I would hug him and sit in his lap mainly. He went to the Snyder, Oklahoma nursing home when I was about 5 years old. Every single weekend we went to visit but after a few minutes in his lap he would say "Cot" give the kids some money to go get some candy. Off we would go to buy candy out of the vending machines while he and my Dad talked about the old days. He lived until I was 16 years old. He died in 1982. He is buried beside my Grandmother in the Frederick Cemetery. My Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on February 1, 1994 and underwent surgery but the cancer was too widely spread to save his life. I took him to his home at 1003 North 12th st. In Frederick, Ok to die. My older sister Melinda Gay Watson Willmon helped me care for him until his death on the morning of March 3, 1994 at 6:04 am. Hospice came later that morning to sign his death certificate. We had his funeral service at the Chapel at the Frederick cemetery and all his children and grandchildren were in attendance. His brother sent two of his Son's Greg and Mark Watson in his steed as his own Heath was too poor to make drive from Terrill, TX. The brother's were close their entire lives. His younger sister Ruth was living out in Borger, TX at the time of his death and did not make it to the service either. Some of his life long friends that were still living did attend. I will continue to add to this history.
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Joyce K Watson

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Born: Jun 27, 1919
Died: Mar 3, 1994 (age 74)
Cause: Cancer of pancreas

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