Morris Vinson Watson, 81, died April 23 at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness.
He was born Sept.23, 1935 in Daylight community to the late minister F.L. Watson and Eula Elizabeth Bond Watson.
He was ordained as a minister in September 1966 and pastored several churches during his ministry. He was a member of Newtown the Baptist Church of Christ. He was a fireman for 13 years with the McMinnville Fire Department and founding partner of L&M Carpet until his retirement in 2010.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin sister, Doris Watson, and siblings, John Lee Watson, Virgil Adcock, James Watson, Charles Watson, Anna Stinnett, Aaron Watson, George Watson, Lillard Watson, Rebecca Lemmons, Frank Watson Jr., J.C. Watson, David Watson and Paul Watson.
Mr. Watson was married June 30, 1956, in Ringgold, Ga., to Eunice Angele Stoner, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Cheryl (Thomas) Mingle, Lanny Watson and Dell Watson, all of McMinnville and Latecia “Tish” (Larry) Cannon of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Shonda (Shane) Jacobs of McMinnville, Steavon (Lindsey) Bogle of Manchester, Crystal (Aaron) Kiefer of Louisville, Ky., Lindsey (Robby) Brown of Murfreesboro, Ken Clayton, Murfreesboro, Dellan Watson McMinnville, and Luke Watson Clarksville; eight great-grandchildren, Shayna and Shy Jacobs, Jathan and Braylan Bogle, all of McMinnville and Brook and Alaynah Bogle of Manchester, Caroline and Abby Kiefer of Louisville, one sister, Frances Billings of McMinnville and one brother, Johnny (Barbara) Watson of Metropolis, Illinois and step-grandchildren, Zack Cannon of Murfreesboro, Ken Mingle of Manchester, Krista and Kevin (Laura) Mingle of McMinnville, step great-grandchildren Kyrsten (Cody) Johnson, Allison, Morgan and Ava Mingle of McMinnville and Caitlin (Colby) Mooneyham of Bradyville and step-great-great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Jackson Johnson of McMinnville.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel with Cody Holman, pastor of Newtown the Baptist Church of Christ and brother, George King of Hiawassee Church of Christ to officiate. Interment will be held at Mount View Cemetery in Warren County. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at McMinnville Funeral Home.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.