Herman Lee Watlington

October 30, 1919January 3, 2019
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Herman Lee Watlington, affectionately known to family and friends as Daddy Boy, left this world peacefully on January 3, 2019.

He was born October 30, 1919 in Madison County to Ulrich Armstrong and Jennie Hammond Watlington and spent his formative years working, tussling, and learning with his seven brothers and three sisters. Before enlisting in U.S. Air Force, he was in the Civil conservation Corps, stationed in Athens, TN where he met his future wife, Carolyn Miller, whom he married six years later. They enjoyed 68 years together before her death in 2013.

During WWII, Herman piloted a B-17 bomber on 50 missions from northern Italy to targets in Germany and Austria. Though he sometimes lost engine power and almost always endured flak damage to his plane, the Flak Happy, he was always able to return to base safely. Upon returning home, he and Carolyn married and settled in Memphis where they started their family and made lifelong friends. In 1962, they moved to Jackson where Herman joined Watlington Brothers Construction Company, working as an estimator and project manager until his retirement.

A lifelong Methodist, he was member of Malesus Methodist Church his entire life, except for his years in Memphis, where he and Lynn were members of Calvary Methodist. During the last five years he frequently attended Aldersgate UMC where he was surrounded by love. Always civic minded, he was a charter member of the South Jackson Civitan Club, a member of the Men’s Civic Club of Malesus, and for seven years was Scoutmaster of Malesus Boy Scout Troup 18.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michel Watlington; two sisters, Clara Mai King and Evelyn Black; and brothers, Mack, Kenneth, Sam, Paul, John, Elton, and Joe.

He is survived by his daughters Jennie Longmire (Gerald) and Joy Meriwether (John); daughter in law, Margaret Watlington; grandchildren, Mack Watlington (Grace), Caleb Meriwether (Whitney), Laurel Bateman (Jake), Hunter Meriwether (Lauren) and Chloe Meriwether; great grandson, Henning; step great grandchildren, Tiger and Marcia; and sister Betty Williams.

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons

The funeral service is to be conducted on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Malesus United Methodist Church with interment to follow in Ebenezer Cemetery in Malesus.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to be directed to any United Methodist Church or YouthTown of Tennessee.


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Friday, January 11, 2019
  • The Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Jennifer Harvey Frye

January 5, 2019

I loved Herman Watlington!!!! I grew up in Malesus United Methodist Church ~ Mr. Herman was a wonderful influence and role model for all the kids that worshipped there! Jennie and Joy are in my thoughts and prayers ~ I know they will miss their Daddy! My heart goes out to all the Watlington family! Precious memories how they linger...

Terry Shewmaker

January 5, 2019

I met Mr. Watlinton while working at Morningside and immediately formed a great personal relationship with this kind loving man. God Bless his family!

Thomas Price

January 5, 2019

What a legacy!, a Malesus Community legend, friend and mentor. I remember Mr. Herman from the Troop 18 days and always held him in the highest respect and always asking any of the Watlington's.. "How's Mr. Herman?". He will be missed by any and all that had the chance to know him.... I am saddened and sorrowful for the family's loss,

Virginia Conger

January 5, 2019

I have known the Watlingtons for many years and am honored
to have called them my friends. Herman was special to Bob and me and was a true friend in times of need. Herman always had a smile and a keen sense of humor. Any time that I saw him, it was a bright spot in my day. Thank you, Herman, for all you have meant to many friends.

Rob Wing

January 5, 2019

I never knew Herman but as a nephew of 2 RAF bomber air gunners - B-17’s and Lancasters, my Uncles always admired and owe so much to the Americans for their freedom. Herman sounds so much like the “mates” my uncles fought together with.

Thank you for your service and god bless you Herman 🇺🇸🇬🇧👍


Butch Rose

January 5, 2019

I only knew Mr. Herman for a few years but shared many flying tales with him including a wonderful day visiting the B-29 event last year. Always a smile and a strong hand shake. It is such a priveledge to have known him. Prayers for Peace and Comfort for his family and for sharing his many memories with us.

Jack Johnson

January 4, 2019

Mr. Herman was an understated gentleman in that he had the time and patience to visit and make you feel better, but never made a big deal out of it. He was a family friend and my junior high Sunday School teacher. Years before when he was working route sales, he took me on his route one day. He taught me to stand up when we went over a bridge to "lighten the load". Needless to say, he had an active sense of humor. Mr. Herman was a Godly man who provided an unmistakable example of what it is to lead a Christian life. Happy landings, Mr. Herman. Please extend a greeting to Mike, Miss Lynn and Dad.

Deborah Ferrell

January 4, 2019

Mr. Herman was such a kind gent leman. We attended Malesus UMC with he and Mrs. Lynn when our first granddaughter Gracee was born. Gracee and her parents attended church with us Gracee was friendly with everyone and Mr. Herman was no exception. She would go over on Sunday mornings and speak with him. As he got older when I would speak to him I just had to identify myself as "Gracee's grandmother" and he knew who I was. He made an impression on members of the congregation, young and old. His dedication to the church was wonderful. Even in the last year he came when he was able and his family brought him. He will be missed.