Watterson, Pastor Earl F.


Earl Franklin Watterson, 93, of Worthington, died Monday October 4, 2021 at home with family attending. He was born October 24, 1927 in Craigsville to the late Clarence and Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Watterson. 

Earl was a retired United Methodist minister. He served in many churches, including  Summerville, Oakridge, and  Kingsville from 1965-1971; Manorville and Rogers Chapel from 1971-1975; Cochranton, Mumford, PA from 1975-1982; Youngsville Evangelical UMC from 1982-1988; Chicora, Karns City and Fairview from 1988-1991, and First UMC in Butler, where he was the pastor of visitation from 1991-1995. 

He retired as an associate member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church and was a member of the Franklin Union Baptist Church. Earl served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He enjoyed family time, travel and wood working.
Earl is survived by his spouse Barbara (Smith) Watterson of Worthington; daughter Nancy (Gary) Shilling of Middleburg, FL; daughter Barbara (Chester) Harris of Massillon, OH; son Robert Watterson of Manorville, PA; daughter Joyce (Eric) Force of Kittanning, PA; daughter Sue (Prentice) West of Worthington, PA; daughter Charlene (Wayne) Jackson of Martinez, GA; sister Malissa Emma Jean Buzzard of Lees Summit, MO; 19 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Mary Watterson; wife Lena Watterson and infant child; wife of 59 years Phyllis Watterson; daughter Brenda Corp; brothers Eugene Watterson, Andrew Watterson, and Clarence Watterson; sister Marjorie Morrison. 

Friends will be received from on Friday, October 8, 2021 at the F. Duane Snyder Funeral Home in Worthington. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in the Franklin Union Baptist Church at 11 AM with additional visitation from 10:00 am until the service with Rev. Dr. Chester H. Harris, Rev. Gary Shilling, and Rev. Melanie Fierbaugh officiating.
Interment is in the Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Union Baptist Church