Cover photo for Ronald Gilbert Watson, Sr.'s Obituary
Ronald Gilbert Watson, Sr. Profile Photo
1941 Ronald 2023

Ronald Gilbert Watson, Sr.

November 17, 1941 — August 12, 2023

Ozark

Ronald Gilbert Watson Sr., affectionately known as Ron, passed away on August 12, 2023, in Ozark, Alabama, following a recent illness. Born on November 17, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland, Ron's life was marked by a spirit of adventure, a passionate heart, and courageous service to his country.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Thelma Watson, his two sons, Ronald Jr. and Donald, their wives Beth and Jennifer, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His grandchildren, Trey Watson, Haydyn Livingston, Madyson Watson, and Savannah Purcell, remember him fondly, as do his great-grandchildren, Magnolia Jane Watson, Ava and Amelia Livingston, Tripp, Watson Tate, and Lyla Charles Purcell. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Hyland and Elizabeth Hisley Watson, his sisters Lucille Skalniak and Kareen Duncan, his brother Hyland Watson Jr., and his great-granddaughter Lynleigh Ann Livingston.

Ron's life was marked by a deep commitment to service. He joined the U.S. Army in his youth and served with distinction for over 28 years, retiring as a First Sergeant in 1984. During his tenure, he lived in various locations, including a three-year stint in Germany, and assignments in Kansas, San Antonio, and Maryland. His service to his country culminated in guarding President Johnson for a year in Texas. After retirement, he continued to serve the public as a freelance investigator.

Beyond his professional life, Ron was a true military man, having worked with Civil Service at Ft. Rucker for a number of years. He loved to work on cars and was known for his stubborn determination. He had a special place in his heart for his White German Sheppard, Koda.

In the words of Winston Churchill, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Ron exemplified this courage throughout his life. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, his words carried weight and wisdom. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in, nor was he too proud to sit and listen to the views of others.

Though he is no longer with us, his adventurous spirit, passionate love for his family, and courageous dedication to service will continue to inspire those who knew him. Ronald Gilbert Watson Sr.'s legacy of service, passion, and courage will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.

A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Goldsmith officiating. Military honors will be rendered in Sunset Memorial Park Helicopter Pavilion. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ronald Gilbert Watson, Sr., please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

3:30 - 4:30 pm (Central time)

Sunset Funeral Home Chapel

, AL

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Services

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

4:30 - 5:30 pm (Central time)

Sunset Funeral Home Chapel

, AL

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Military Honors

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Starts at 5:30 pm (Central time)

Sunset Memorial Park Helicopter Pavilion

, AL

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 5

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree