Virgil J. Watson of Grove, Okla., formerly of Commerce, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Quapaw Higher Call Nursing Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 68.

Virgil was born Feb. 10, 1941, in Galena, Kan., to the Rev. Fred and Girtha (Avery) Watson. He graduated from Galena Schools in 1959. During his teen years, Virgil worked at Galena Motor. After graduation he worked for a short while at Eagle-Picher and Missouri Steel. He then formed his own insurance agency, The Watson Agency. Virgil specialized in life insurance. He worked 47 years as a self-employed insurance agent selling for many companies, most recently Security National Life, Central Security Life, American Home Life, Old Reliance and United Heritage in which he held a seat on the board. Virgil won many top salesmen and agency awards through the years and set the standard of sales for many salesmen to following his foot steps.

Virgil married Mary Ann (Williams) Doke on Sept. 28, 1968. Virgil enjoyed traveling and they visited several foreign countries and Hawaii on many occasions. He was a Christian with deep faith in God and attended the Elk River Baptist Church at Grove, OK and for many years while living in Commerce he attended the Southeast Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially his grandchildren.

Virgil was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his brother, Fred Watson Jr.

Survivors include: three children, Jay Watson of Baxter Springs, Kan., Penny Jones and husband Ron of Baxter Springs, and Terri Graves and husband Rod of Miami; two brothers, Lester Watson of Bartlesville, Okla., and Raymond Watson of Commerce; one sister, Lanora Poteet of Commerce, and grandchildren, Thomas Hughes and wife Emily of Lawrence, Kan., Kelsey Graves of Miami and Christina Jones Herrera of Baxter Springs.

Services will be Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami. The Rev. Mark Hester, the Rev. Jerry VonMoss and the Rev. Geoff Buffalo will officiate. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery of Miami. Pallbearers will be Virgil Peck, Bud Garrett, Larry Hartman, Adam Robertson, James Graves and Todd Graves.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami. Online condolences may be made at

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