McM Remembers HOH Basketball Player, Johnny Ray Watson

Published 01/24 2014 09:14PM

Updated 01/24 2014 09:17PM

Story contributed by Dave Beyer, McMurry Sports Information Director

McMurry University Athletics Hall of Honor member Johnny Ray Watson, a standout basketball player for McM, died on January 21. He was 63.

Watson was elected to McMurry Athletics "Hall of Honor" in 1993. He played under McM Hall of Honor head coach Herschel Kimbrell and was the team's leading scorer as a senior in 1970-71 (with 429 points). He was also honorable mention All-Lone Star Conference as a senior.

At 6'7", Watson was not just an imposing figure on the basketball floor, but went on to gain notoriety as a gospel singer. He was a part of three Billy Graham Crusades and was also selected to sing at Lady Bird Johnson's graveside service.

His powerful voice was a staple at Riverbend Church in Austin. He also performed at United Methodist Church revivals.

The funeral service for Johnny Ray Watson will take place on Thursday, January 30 (2 p.m) at the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas. First UMC is located at 1411 Broadway in Lubbock. That will be followed by a memorial service on Saturday, February 8 (3 p.m.) at Riverbend Church in Austin.

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