Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


October 3, 2012

Jewel ‘Tootsie’ Ragsdale Watson

Corsicana —

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, Jewel “Tootsie” Ragsdale Watson passed from this earth at Park Highlands Nursing Home in Athens at the age of 96.  

She was born in Barry on Jan. 26, 1917 to Milton Edward and Nannie Lou Renfrow Ragsdale.  In 1947, she married Alfred Leroy Watson in Corsicana and they lived in Barry, next door to her childhood home in a house built by her father.  After her husband’s death, she continued to live in Barry until early in 2012, when she moved to Corsicana to live with her daughter and son-in-law.  At the end of June, she relocated to the Park Highland Nursing Home in Athens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Nannie Lou Ragsdale; husband, Leroy Watson; brother, Roy E. Ragsdale, Sr.; and a sister, Willie Mae Mason.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Mertz and husband Paul; granddaughter Teresa Clower and husband Chad; three great-grandchildren, Ashley Vandiver, Chase Clower and Tanner Lee Clower; one nephew, Roy E. Ragsdale, Jr.; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Rev. Bayard Pratt officiating.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or American Cancer Society at 1000 W. 2nd Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

An online guestbook is available at by selecting the Jewel Watson obituary.

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