Larry James Watson

Larry James Watson

Male 1957 - 1992  (34 years)

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  • Name Larry James Watson 
    Born 13 Nov 1957  Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 0Jun 1992  Helena,Lewis and Clark Co.,MT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21055  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2010 

    Father James Ray Watson,   b. 22 Jun 1927, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 2003, Helena,Lewis and Clark Co.,MT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Marjorie Jean "Margie" Stewart,   b. 15 Sep 1932, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 2000, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 21 May 1950  Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Divorced 0___ 1961  [3
    Family ID F7363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Nov 1957 - Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 0Jun 1992 - Helena,Lewis and Clark Co.,MT Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Larry James Watson (1957-1992)
    Larry James Watson (1957-1992)

    Photo provided his loving sister, Diane

  • Notes 
    • 18 Apr 2010 Sent by his sister, Diane:

      Larry Watson
      Storyteller, Teacher
      Larry Watson, 36, of Helena and formerly of Portland, Oregon, died Tuesday morning at Helena Nursing Home after an eight year struggle with Aids.
      Larry was born Nov. 13th, 1957 in Birmingham, Alabama to Jim and Marjorie Watson. Larry attended grade school in Birmingham before moving to Helena at age twelve where he lived with his father, aunt and family the Rev. and Mrs. George Harper. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Larry graduated from Helena High in 1976 where he was active in drama having won first place at state for a humorous solo. He participated in several plays at the Brewery Theater of which he was very proud. He double majored in speech and drama at Eastern Montana College and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelors degree in communications arts.
      Larry lived in Portland and Las Vegas before moving to El Paso, Texas where he taught school at the high school and college levels for three years.
      After learning of his diagnosis in 1986 Larry began a new goal to attain his Master's degree. He accomplished this in 1989 when he graduated from Lesley College with a Master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning. Larry left teaching at that time due to ill health and pursued his dream to become a Professional Storyteller in the Portland area. He had his own TV show for three years, authored two books on storytelling, and recorded one cassette of multicultural stories for children. Larry, a member of the National Storyteller's Guild, performed in five states and was featured in numerous magazines and news-papers.
      Mayor Vera Katz of Portland, Oregon proclaimed October 17th, 1993 "Larry Watson Day" in honor of his storytelling contribution to the Portland community. Larry received hundreds of fan letters from the children he entertained. He returned to Helena in November due to declining health.
      Larry loved animals, music, theater, antiques and most wanted to be remembered for his storytelling ability, his dry wit, and his tremendous ability to make people laugh. When he wasn't practicing his next story, Larry was busy planning the next Broadway play he, Dianne, Ron, and "Lizzie" would attend. He was a wonderful friend to many and will be greatly missed.
      Larry was preceded in death by his twin, Allen Ray who died at birth, his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Watson of Helena, and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Stewart of Birmingham, Alabama.
      Larry is survived by his sister and best friend Dianne Watson Armstrong of Helena and his brother in law Ron, his parents Jim and Marta Watson of Helena and Marjorie Tucker of Birmingham, his aunt Dorothy Harper and Rev. George Harper, five cousins Rusty, Hal, Steve, Nancy, and Jannie Harper, their spouses and children, an uncle John E. Stewart of Birmingham, and his close friend Sr. Elizabeth Henry of Helena.
      Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home Wednesday, June 1st. Cremation will follow with interment at Resurrection Cemetery at a later time.
      Friends are also invited to visit the Armstrong home at 1085 Strawberry, and the Watson home at 1134 9th Ave. between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 6th. A Memorial service will be held Monday evening, June 6th, 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Methodist church with Rev. Dave Orendorff officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, Box 4455 Helena, MT 59604.

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 48-A (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S50348] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63092479.

    3. [S855] Marjorie Stewart Tucker (1932-2000) Historian & genealogist for many Warren, DeKalb and White County families. Authored.