Life Reflections & Legacy of James Felton Watson
The book of Life opened for James Felton Watson Sr. on November 27, 1926. James Felton was the first child born to the late Sim Watson & Oletha Rosemond in Calvert, Texas. One sibling Henry Rogers preceded him in death. His humble beginnings and upbringing helped to create a strong, intelligent, loving and magnificent young man who would later grow into a phenomenal man, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
James Felton attended Calvert Colored High School and later Graduated from Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas with a BA in Social Work. James Felton was an Inductee in the Prairie View Interscholastic Track & Field Hall of Fame.
James Felton met his wife Barbara ( Peaches ) Williams in Navasota, Texas and soon after fell in love with her. They entered into Holy Matrimony in 1947 and together they had 4 children and shared their love for each other for 67 years as husband and wife.
James Felton later relocated with his loving wife ( Barbara )to Detroit, Michigan where he further shared his caring spirit for the best interest of others as a social worker for Detroit Public Schools and Children’s Aid Society. Additionally, because of his charismatic demeanor and excellence in Hospitality he worked for the Detroit Yacht Club. Upon returning to Houston with Barbara and their children; he worked for the City of Houston Public Library where he later retired from.
James Felton was a decorated veteran of World War II where he served his country proudly and with integrity for 2 years. James Felton always brought a spirit of joy via his jovial and fun loving personality that everyone will always remember him for. He enjoyed playing dominos with his friends and fishing and was a serious golfer known by many including several professional entertainers in Detroit for his golf skills. Laughter is good for the soul and James Felton indeed brought a spark of light into any room he entered illuminating it with his unforgettable smile and glimmering eyes.
Spiritually, James Felton accepted Christ at an early age and was a devout Christian and a faithful member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Detroit and later St. Luke The Evangelist Episcopal Church in Houston. James Felton cherished his relationship with God and adorned a cross on his neck intentionally throughout his life that he held near and dear to his heart which exhibited his love for the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Psalm 23 was his favorite scripture in the Bible. James Felton was saved and loved God.
James Felton leaves to cherish, memory and legacy his beloved wife Barbara ( Peaches ) Watson who preceded him in death; Calvin Bruce Watson ( Margaretha) of Detroit ; Jacquelyn Ann Boston of Houston; Jaye Nell Porter ( Vernon) of Whittaker; James Felton Watson Jr. (Kimnona) of Detroit; Byron Keith Watson of Houston, Chanda Jillette Charles (Booker ) of Houston, Amen Ra ( Ada ) of Dallas; the late Linda Abrams and Larry Abrams ; a plethora of grandchildren/ great grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as their loving “ YaYa “ and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
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