Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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A.H. “Mace” Watson

Born: 3/15/1898

Died: 10/9/1997

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

A.H. “Mace” Watson 99 years old, of Fort Smith Arkansas passed away on October 9, 1997 at Fort Smith Hospital following a short illness.

A.H. was born in McAlester Oklahoma Indian Territory March 15, 1898 He, his mother and two sisters were original enrollees of the Choctaw Tribe on the Dawes Roll. Orphaned at age 11, he was raised by an aunt and uncle Judge and Mrs. John P Connors at Canadian Oklahoma. He graduated from Canadian High School and worked in the banks of Crowder and Canadian before moving with his wife to Fort Smith n the early 1920’s.

Watson retired form the Fort Smith Paper Company in 1967 and then operated his own small rubber stamp shop until he was forced to quit working at the age of 92. He and Mrs. Watson celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 1993 several months prior to her death. They were both members of the First United Methodist Church joining in 1927. Mr. Watson was active in the Rogers Bible Class at the church or over 50 years. Mr. Watson was a member of the Uplifters Class. A.H. was an avid golfer and played until he was 94 years old.

A.H. was an active Mason being a member of Belle Point #20 in Fort Smith and Canadian Lodge #22 at Indianola, Oklahoma. HE was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite and was honored as a 75 year member, a rare distinction of that body. He was also honored as being a 75 year Past Master of the Canadian Lodge # 22 again a rare distinction.

He lived independently until he was hospitalized September 29th. He was known for his sharp wit, his rare ability for recollection of events and people, and particularly his dry sense of humor. His philosophy included a need to laugh at least once a day.

A.H. is survived by his son, A.H. Watson Jr. and daughter in law Peggy; his daughter, Marjorie Reed and son in law J. Ralph Reed, all of Fort Smith; two step grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; six nieces and two nephews.