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|death_date=February 28, 2018 (aged 86)
 
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Latest revision as of 10:59, 11 June 2018

Phillip Brooks Watson, Jr.

(Louisiana attorney
and civic figure)


Born May 5, 1931
St. Joseph, Tensas Parish
Louisiana
Died February 28, 2018 (aged 86)
Spouse Allein Harkey Watson

Children:
Benjamin Maddox Watson
William Brooks Watson, Sr.
Scott Harkey Watson

Religion Episcopalian

Phillip Brooks Watson, Jr., known as Phil Watson (May 5, 1931 – February 28, 2018), was an attorney and prominent civic figure in his native St. Joseph in rural Tensas Parish in northeastern Louisiana.

Watson graduated from the then segregated Joseph Moore Davidson High School (since Tensas High School) in St. Joseph. He completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans in three years and then at the age of twenty-two received his law degree from that same institution. While at Tulane, he was listed in Who's Who in America and served on the staff of The Tulane Law Review. He was affiliated with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Omicron Kappa honorary society. For two years, he was in the United States Navy, after which he returned to join his father Phillip Brook, Sr., in the practice of law.[1]

He was a member of the Tensas Parish Library Board and worked to establish the Plantation Museum on the second story above the library building on Plank Road. For forty-six years, he was a board member and counsel of Cross Keys Bank. For thirty-seven years, he was a trustee of Vicksburg Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi. A scholarship in his named is offered in the nursing department of Hinds University. He was a director of the Panola Company and for forty-six years a board member of the Newellton Gin, Inc. He was a Paul P. Harris Fellow in Rotary International. During his career in St. Joseph, he was president of the board of directors of the private Tensas Academy, established in 1970 with the advent of desegregation of public schools. He was a member, secretary, and senior warden of the Christ Episcopal Church in St. Joseph.[1]

Watson died early in 2018 at the age of eighty-six. He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Watson, Sr., and the former Roslyn Newell, and his aunt, Lucille Watson. Survivors include his wife, the former Allein Harkey; three children, Benjamin Maddox Watson and wife Linda of St. Joseph, William Brooks Watson, Sr., and wife Karen of Monroe, Louisiana, and Scott Harkey Watson and wife, Mary Lynn, of Tallulah in Madison to the north of Tensas Parish. He had seven grandchildren. His surviving brother is St. Joseph banker William Wade Watson.[1]

Memorial services were held at Christ Episcopal Church on March 3, with Father Gregg Riley officiating.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Phillip Brooks Watson, Jr.. The Monroe News-Star (March 2, 2018).