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2020 Servant Leader Award Recipient

William (Bill) Watson, 69, was born in Anderson, In. He attended Anderson Community Schools and graduated in 1970. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United State’s Marine Corps. Bill served at the United Stated Pentagon, Op Nav Security Headquarters Marine Corp and finished his tour of duty at Marine Corp Recruit Depot, San Diego, Ca as a Drill Instructor and Platoon Commander. Upon his discharge he returned to Anderson and enrolling at Anderson (College) University. Bill began his employment with The Madison County Circut Court as an adult probation officer. He served from 1975 to 1978.

Bill graduated from Anderson College in 1980. After graduation he accepted a position with the Internal Revenue Service as a Federal Tax Auditor. In 1982 , Bill attended and graduated from the Anderson Leadership Academy ( the first class to graduate). Bill returned to Anderson 1985 to accept a newly created position with Anderson Community Schools as the Security Administrator for all the schools in the city. In 1987 Bill left ACS and joined the management team at Fisher Guide, General Motors . Bill worked as a foreman, general foreman, manufacturing manager, and director of education and training for all of Guide. Bill left Guide in 2006 and built the Pittt BBQ . In 2018 he opened a second Restaurant in Oaklandon.

Bill is an ordained minister, a Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, 32 degree Master Mason, Shriner, El Zoe’s Temple 124 Marion Desert. He serves on the Foundation Board, Community Hospital, the Missions Board, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Madison County Economic Development Corporation, First Vice President Madison County NAACP, board member Anderson Education Foundation. Bill has worked behind the scenes to assist groups, clubs, and organizations for over forty years. Bill has quietly donated more than $400,000 through his work with the restaurant to various charities.

Bill is married to Aundrea Watson, they have six children, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Bill enjoys fishing and photography as his hobbies.

Created: 26 February 2020
Last Updated: 26 February 2020