George Watson, a native of Pass Christian, Miss., graduated from Randolph High School in 1943 and was drafted to the U.S. Marines during World War II. Upon discharge, he attended Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, graduating magna cum laude. Watson worked as a teacher and then aircraft designer before returning to Randolph High School as principal.
Watson has long been involved in his community. He served as chairman for the Heart Fund Campaign, member of the Park Commission, Civil Defense Shelter coordinator during and after Hurricane Camille, vice-chairman of the Municipal Democratic Executive Committee and member of the State Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning.
He also served as assistant superintendent for the Pass Christian School District and commissioner for the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
His community service and work in education have brought Watson numerous recognitions including membership in the Epsilon Tau Lambda Scholastic Honorary Society, Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club, Distinguished Achievement Award by Alcorn State University and the University of Mississippi's Annual Award of Distinction.