Randall W. Watson, age 92, of rural Macomb passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Friday April 19,2019 at Wesley Village in Macomb. He was born on February 17, 1927 in Macomb, Illinois the son of Albert and Lena Henderson Watson. He never married. He is survived by his brother, Gene (Carol) Watson of Macomb; six nieces and nephews; and several cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents; an older sister, Marilyn Cavett, and one brother-in-law Charles Cavett.
During the last year of World War II Randall dropped out of Macomb High School on his 18th birthday and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After boot training he was assigned as a radioman on the aircraft carrier U.S.S.
Saidor stationed at Pearl Harbor. The war was over soon after and he received an honorable discharge late in 1946 and returned home to farm the rest of his active years. He did receive his high school diploma by correspondence courses. He was quite interested in his ancestorial history and had visited the farm and area near Falkirk, Scotland where the Binnie family immigrated from when they came to America in 1849. Being a third generation member of the Binnie family that started the Citizens Bank in Macomb he was asked by Binnie Wolfe to join the board of directors of the bank in 1960 a position he held till the sale of the bank in 2006, rarely ever missing a monthly meeting. He enjoyed attending antique shows and sales and had an extensive collection of attractive items. He had been a member of the Camp Creek Presbyterian Church but in the most recent years he had attended the Macomb First Presbyterian Church. He had been a director on the board of the Farmers Grain Elevator in Macomb, and over 60 years as a member of the Macomb American Legion and a trustee on the Camp Creek Cemetery board for many years.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Gerald White will officiate. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Camp Creek Cemetery south of Macomb.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to MDH Hospice.
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