Clifford DeWitt Watson

January 21, 1934February 26, 2011

Clifford DeWitt Watson January 21, 1934 – February 26, 2011

Mr. Clifford DeWitt Watson, 77, born in Rosefield, Louisiana and a long time resident of Berwick passed this life Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Lafayette General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, principal, coach, teacher, golfer and fishing buddy. Cliff was an active and dedicated member of the Berwick community. He served the Berwick school system in many capacities for more than three decades. During his years as coach, teacher, and principal he was present at almost all school functions and this continued after his retirement. Cliff graduated from Jena High School in 1952 and went to Northeastern Louisiana University for his Degree in Education. He served his country in the U.S. Army for two years in Europe. Cliff received his Masters plus 30 from Louisiana State University. He served eight years on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, and then the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1997 Cliff was inducted into Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was also an original member of the Berwick Development District and was still serving in that capacity. In 2007 Cliff celebrated his conversion to the Catholic religion and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Sandra Naquin Watson; a son Roger D. Watson and his wife Margaret-Dunn of Waukesha, Wisconsin; a daughter Sheli Watson McGonagill of Berwick; Six brothers: J. C. Watson and wife Barbara of Monroe; Morris Watson and wife Ollabell of Tallulah; Leo Watson and wife Leona of Tallulah; Theo Watson and wife Maydell of Tallulah; Virgil Watson and wife Gail of Monroe; Shelby Watson and wife Brenda of West Monroe; four sisters: Shirley Turner and husband Ernest (d) of West Monroe; Linda Carter and husband Ronald of West Monroe; Kathy Jordan and husband Kenneth of Birmingham, AL; Virginia Hornbeck and husband Ronnie of Dickson, Tenn. Six grandchildren: Meghan Yohann, Cliff and Michael Watson, Shannon, Maddi, and Tristan McGonagill. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Meledia Poole Watson and a brother Baby Watson. In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the “Cliff and Sandra Watson Memorial Fund” at Patterson State Bank for use toward the extracurricular activities at Berwick High School. A time of remembrance and reflection will be at Hargrave Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, from 6 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will continue at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Cliff will be laid to rest in the Berwick Mausoleum.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 2, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Annette Belton

March 16, 2011

Mrs. Sandra Watson,Roger,and Shelli my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I was a Business Education teacher along with Mrs. Sandra LeBlanc from 1971 to 1983. I taught at Berwick High for 12 years and enjoyed it.

Mark & Shawn Gilmore Kleimann

March 5, 2011

Our heartfelt prayers are with the Watson family. Mr. Wason was a great man and leader of our school and community! He always had a smile for everyone and always remembered everyones name. What an honor to have him as our principal while we were in school at BHS. May the Lord comfort your families in this time of loss.

barbara pellerin

March 4, 2011

my thoughts & prayers are with you all,sorry to hear about your loss, cliff always had a smile for you,a great human being,god bless

March 3, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to Coach Watson's family....Wanita & Cal Pepper

Ronnie Favors

March 3, 2011

I have nothing but respect and admiration for the leadership Mr.Watson provided during my years at BHS. He will be sadly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with the Watson family.

R. Linda Freeman Bryan

March 3, 2011

Sandra and family,we have lost a wonderful man when Cliff left this earth, I know in my heart you WILL meet him again in heaven. So lift your hearts and don't be sad he's waiting for there!

Jerry Chauvin

March 2, 2011

C.W. was, without a doubt, the best Principal a person could ever wish to have! And those of us who were fortunate enough to know him as a friend, which seems to be everyone, (one of his best traits) knew a friendship that lasted a lifetime. He was truly one of a kind. One of those people you come across in your lifetime, that makes you feel proud to be a human being.

Scott Perkins

March 2, 2011

Sandra, Roger and Sheli, it was a beautiful service and we were honored to be there. Mr. Cliff has been a wonderful friend to us since he and dad coached the Panthers so many decades ago and a blessing in our lives. Stan extends his condolences and regrets that his work and travel schedule prevented him from traveling in for the service.

Becky Brown

March 2, 2011

Cliff Watson was one of the most respected teachers I had as a student at BHS. It was my honor to be one of his students and friends. I am thankful for the example he set for me over the years. I am also thankful that I have had the privilege of visiting with him during this past year. He will always remain in my memory as a wonderful Christian friend who I will miss very much on his trips to Tyler.

Marcella Baudoin

March 2, 2011

Dear Sandra, Roger, Sheli, and the entire Watson Family. My deepest sympathy on the great loss you've suffered. Your family and the Alpha family have been linked for so very many years. Cliff was a wonderful teacher, principal, and friend whose kind words and philosophy of life have stayed with me throughout my life and particularly in my role as a teacher. He was such a positive influence on the lives of so many young people and their parents. Your family, the education community, Berwick High, St. Mary Parish, and mankind have lost a wonderful, wise, and compassionate mentor. My prayers are with you.
Marcella "Mutsy" Alpha Baudoin, Class of 1963