James Waterston, Jr.

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waterston 2James (Jimmy) Waterston Jr. Son- Brother-Uncle-Husband-Dad-Veteran tossed about no more upon the rocks and shoals of life’s stormy seas, another sailor now safely moored in God’s restful harbor
on June 3, 2016.

James Waterston, Jr. born in Austin, Texas on July 13, 1930, son of James Waterston Sr. and Emma Mae Weatherford, stepped aboard into eternity on June 3, 2016 at his Llano, Texas apartment.

Jimmy’s father was a veteran of WWI and a stone mason involved in building many Central Texas landmarks such as Georgetown’s Southwestern University main building and courthouses in Blanco and Travis counties as well as the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin.

Jimmy was a longtime resident of Liberty Hill and lived many years with his wife Dorothy in a two-story house on the corner of Forrest and Young streets. He joined the United States Navy in 1948 after attending Liberty Hill High School. Jimmy was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 20 years serving as a boiler man mostly on destroyers.

After retirement from the Navy, he went on to work for Jefferson Chemicals of Austin, Texas as a Chemical Engineer until 1988. He was a member of the VFW and a devoted fan and supporter of Liberty Hill School District athletic programs. Jimmy enjoyed going to local football and basketball games and was recognized on several occasions by former Principal Dalton West for his support.

Jimmy liked to fish and also did wood work building the Lions Foundation Park.

Married to Dorothy Claire Johnson of California in 1953, he was preceded in death by her in 1981. Also preceded in death are his older brother Joseph, a younger brother George Fred, and older sister Margaret Meyers, niece Mary Lou Isonberg and nephew Clayton Wooten both of Llano, Texas.

Jimmy is survived by his sisters Mary Effie Lewis of North Carolina and Laverne Wooten, niece Jackie Dahl both of Llano, Texas and step-son Johnathan Johnson, nephew Steve Russell and niece Monty Smith of California.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Liberty Hill Junior High School, 13125 Texas Highway 29, Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. Interment will follow at the Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Any donations in memory to Jimmy are appreciated and may be given to the Liberty Hill School District athletic department, the Local VFW or the Hill Country Honor Guard.

“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”

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