Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore, TX

Ellen Watson Guestbook

Kit Laird


Joe you were truly blessed to have your mom for so long. I know she will be remembered for a long time in our little town.
Saturday, September 22, 2018


Martin Foster


Although Ellen had her peculiar ways I always appreciated knowing her and working with her. I especially appreciated her birthday cards. She always wanted me to print my sermon for Randolph--it was my pleasure. She recommending "Stomp" to Paula (my wife) and me which we thoroughly enjoyed. She also loved the Shakespeare festival which we started attending while we were there in Kilgore. We loved it. I will miss her and look forward to a reunion with her in the future.
Friday, September 14, 2018


Martha Clark


Jjoe and Family, Ellen was a real asset to our community. I can remember attending her story-telling sessions at the Library. She was an inspiration to so many, and I will miss her.

Martha Hyatt Clark, Kilgore First Lady 2006

Thursday, September 13, 2018


Cindy Mosby & John Burton families


Thank you for all the fun memories! We learned so much during Sunday school and VBS! We will never forget the Japanese tea ceremony!
Molly has many treasured books Aunt Ellen sent her!
We have thousands of sweet sweet memories!

John , Phyllis Burton
, Charity Schupp, Aaron Burton and Joy Burton
Cindy & Molly Mosby

Monday, September 10, 2018




I am very honored to have photographed Mrs. Watson when she was 99 years and I had hoped to photograph her again when she turned 100. She was an amazing woman and I enjoyed her company and conversations. My heartfelt condolences to the Watson family during this time.
Janice Barnett

Monday, September 10, 2018


Raymond Caldwell


Ellen Watson was an institution and one of the most caring, giving people I ever knew. She and her talented son are responsible for every career opportunity I have been given in Texas. I owe her more than can be repaid in one lifetime. We should all aspire to achieve her accomplishments, her elegance, her honesty and her devotion. Knowing her for the past 53 years has been one of the blessings of my life. I will always miss her. My sincerestbsympathy to Joe and all of Mrs. Watson’s family.
Monday, September 10, 2018


Kate Bennett Fite


Love 💘 prayers 🙏 and blessings 🌹 to Joe and other family of our previous friend and neighbor for about all of my years growing up in Kilgore. Ellen was such a role model for me!
Monday, September 10, 2018


Marilyn Morton Pilz


My Dear Lady,
Thank you for so many wonderful memories.
Lovingly Marilyn Morton Pilz

Monday, September 10, 2018


Anita Neeley


Dr. Watson hired me in 1971. It was later that I got to know and love his beautiful wife. Mrs. Watson's sweet smile and warm, wonderful personality endeared her to everyone she met. Visiting with her--especially at the Texas Shakespeare Festival--was such a joy. Her pride of and love for her family were among her favorite topics. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Monday, September 10, 2018


John Dodd


What an amazing woman. She did so much for the Texas Shakespeare Festival and the East Texas community.

Monday, September 10, 2018


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Ellen Watson
September 8, 2018

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