Harold was born June 1, 1937 in Crew Lake, Louisiana to Jessie “Bunny” and Bertha Watson the oldest of their seven children. He received his BS and MS in Ag Engineering from LSU. He spent the majority of his career working for the Alabama Extension Service in Auburn, Alabama providing his extensive knowledge and expertise to poultry and swine farmers not only in the state of Alabama but also the Southeast. Harold also was an entrepreneur owning three small businesses in Auburn for almost 20 years. Harold was married to his sweetheart Carolyn and would have celebrated 63 years together July 3rd.
Harold had many interests outside of his work with the Extension Service and small businesses. He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting but also could be found fishing the surrounding lakes and rivers. He also had a passion for woodworking that led to him being an integral part of starting the woodworking program in 4-H. He created everything from wooden keychains to Grandfather clocks and everything between, much from wood he collected locally. Harold also enjoyed his many years of singing in the church choir and also with the Goldsmith Singers, a local barber shop quartet.
Harold was predeceased by his parents, Jessie “Bunny” Watson and Bertha Hall Watson, his daughter, Vicki Watson (Ray) Whelchel, younger brothers George (Mary Bell) Watson and Bobby Watson and sister Edna (Jerry Wayne) Williams.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, and his son Doug (D’Anne) Watson of Auburn.
He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Lindsey Donnelly (Chris) Mendez, Trenton Donnelly, Ryan Watson and Reese Watson, one great-granddaughter Eva Beatrice Mendez, brothers Fred (Mary Pearl) Watson, Richard Watson and sister Bonnie Lou (Carroll) Marcum.
Services to celebrate the life of Harold will be held Saturday May 8, 2021 at 2:00pm at Auburn United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior at 1:00pm. A graveside service will follow at Auburn Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Auburn United Methodist Church with the McGhee-Lacy Sunday School Class designation.
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