OBITUARY

Mr. Johnny Frank Watson

August 20, 1946January 8, 2019
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Johnny Frank Watson, 72, of Mabank, passed away on January 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Johnny was born in Bonham to Tom and Ruth Watson on August 20,1946. The family later settled in Grand Prairie where he grew up. He was a veteran of the Army and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Johnny went on to serve as a Firefighter for the city of Arlington for 31 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He served as president of the Arlington Fire Fighters’ Association for many years and remained active with the organization his entire career.

Johnny was also an officer of the American Legion Post 310 for 30 years. One of his proudest accomplishments was becoming a friend of Bill W. 13 years ago, and later helping others overcome addiction.

Johnny is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Ruth Watson, sister Tina Watson, and brother Jimmy Watson.

He is survived by wife Lisa Watson of Mabank, children; Lana Carr of Grand Prairie, Lisa Van Antwerp of Frisco, Mark Watson and husband Steve Day of Dallas, Jamie Watson of Fort Worth, Jesse Carr of Mabank, Jason Morton of Gun Barrell City, Colby Morton of Mabank, and Chelsea Payne of Gun Barrell City, and Justin Carr of Mabank, grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Christopher, Madi, Marleigh, Peyton, Scarlett, Shaylee, Carlee, Layton and Malachi.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Legion Post 310 General Fund, 113 The Lee Way, Gun Barrell City, TX 75147.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom and Ruth Watson, Parents
  • Tina Watson, Sister
  • Jimmy Watson, Brother
  • Lisa Watson, Loving Wife
  • Johnny also leaves behind his children; Lana Carr of Grand Prairie, Lisa Van Antwerp of Frisco, Mark Watson and husband Steve Day of Dallas, and Jamie Watson of Fort Worth, Jesse Carr of Mabank, Jason Morton of Gun Barrell City, Colby Morton of Mabank, and Chelsea Payne of Gun Barrell City, and Justin Carr of Mabank, grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Christopher, Madi, Marleigh, Peyton, Scarlett, Shaylee, Carlee, Layton and Malachi, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mr. Johnny Frank Watson

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Ken Gold

January 18, 2019

Heartfelt condolences to Johnny’s family. Eddie Woodruff and I met Johnny years ago through our mutual involvement with the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters in legislative trips, conventions, and educational seminars. We knew Johnny as a dedicated and professional firefighter who will be sorely missed.

Pat and Travis Honea

January 13, 2019

We are Steve's aunt and uncle and Mark's friend. We are very sorry to hear about the lost in your family. Our prayers are with all the family as you all find comfort in the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and loving support from family members and friends.

Keith Mcandrew

January 13, 2019

My Dad (Captain Ron McAndrew; “Ronnie Mac,”) and Johnny worked for the Arlington Fire Department, together for many years....I will always remember Johnny with my Dad, talking about the good times, sharing laughs and great stories, at the fire station when I was a kid. PRAYERS for the family for comfort and peace...Job WELL DONE, sir...We thank you for your service.

Nick Johnson

January 12, 2019

When I first met Johnny it was with a big welcome as it was my first time being inducted into the American Legion as an officer and that is where I met his better half Lisa. I will miss his big hello everytime we ran into each other whether it was on the street or at the post he was ,and always will be a great friend, thanks for letting me have that honor. R.I.P. Johnny and my prayers and condolences to Lisa and her family.

Kay Brady

January 10, 2019

I know we didn't talk often but Jerry and I always knew you and Johnny were there if we needed you. I will miss Johnny hollering out at me when I am out in the yard doing something. He was a good neighbor and will be missed on this side of the loop for sure. Please let us know if there is ever anything we can do for you now and in the future.

Jerry and Kay Brady

Tom Cicio, Tim Stalnecker and Bill Rohm

January 10, 2019

Memories 💙

Kelli and Tim Stalnecker

January 10, 2019

Sure gonna miss his big smile and hugs...we will always cherish the great memories. Love and prayers to Lisa and all of his family. RIP Johnny, our friend

Sheila Howison

January 10, 2019

Lisa, and Family, I cannot express how much it meant to me to visit You, and Johnny a few months ago. He's is, and was so easy to love, and respect as such a good Man. I know there are few words we can say to you in your grief, but there are so many wonderful words, and Memories of Johnny's life! What a great Legacy to leave the ones he loved! You already know how much you mean to so many, because you too are so loved! RIP sweet Johnny, and Prayers, and much love for Lisa, and all of Johnny's Family. Love, John and Sheila

BRENDA CRAFT

January 10, 2019

I loved his smiling face, never saw him when he was down. we could all learn from Johnny's life. Keep the memories.

Connie Watson

January 10, 2019

love you Lisa. My heart goes out to you and the kids. He will be missed but not forgotten.

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