Thomas Lee Watson, 79, of Shawnee, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at a local hospital.

Thomas Lee Watson, 79, of Shawnee, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at a local hospital.

Thomas Lee Watson was born March 28, 1937, in Lancing, Tennessee, to Laban and Bessie (McAlister) Watson.

He served in the United States Army in Germany at the end of the Korean War.

On Dec. 8, 1961, he married Thelma (Hawn).

Mr. Watson worked as a bi-vocational pastor, serving several churches in Oklahoma. He also worked as a truck driver. He attended Garden Grove Missionary Baptist Church and Life House in Shawnee. He loved music and playing the guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife: Thelma Watson of the home; three children: Annette Wiles and husband John of Shawnee, Anita Page of Oklahoma City, and Mike Watson and wife Kathy of Shawnee; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Hazel Fox of Shawnee and Lou Christmas of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with Charlie Clem officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery.

Other information is pending with Walker Funeral Service.