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Doyle E. Carlton Award

The Doyle E. Carlton Award is presented to a graduate or friend of Stetson University in recognition of devotion to Christian higher education and in appreciation for his/her extraordinary contribution to the life and development of Stetson University, the City of DeLand and the State of Florida.

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*- Now Deceased

2020

Janelle Watson '59 and William "Bill" Watson '59

Just a few short years after graduating from Stetson University, the Watsons embarked on their longtime dream of owning their own realty company. Founding the William A. Watson Corporation in 1965 was the beginning of Watson Realty. Combining hard work and sacrifice with the Watsons commitment to legendary service, the company grew into one of northeast Florida’s most respected real estate companies.

At Stetson, the young couple attended chapel once a week. Mr. Watson credits their Baptist Stetson education for shaping them into the servant leaders they are today: “My four years at Stetson University was a turning point in the development of my values, goals, and objectives. I am grateful to the many outstanding individuals who contributed to my growth at Stetson University”. The Watsons chose to run their family business based on solid Christian ethics and values. Once, Mr. Watson was told by a manager that “the company was getting a reputation all over town for spending money to fix problems that weren’t their fault”. Always looking to do the right thing, Mr. Watson simply replied “Isn’t that great?”.

The Watsons are well known in their Jacksonville community for their generosity. In DeLand, they have extended their philanthropic reach by naming Watson Field, the beautiful football practice field that lies along Amelia Avenue. Watson Realty Corporation and Watson Mortgage Corporation sponsored the first sales lab, the Watson Sales Lab, that is housed in the School of Business.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2019 - Priscilla "Prissy" Tunnell '66
  • 2018 - Basyle "Boz" Tchividjian '90
  • 2017 - W. Theodore "Theo" Etzel '80 and Kimberly Lafferty Etzel '80
  • 2016 - Mitchell G. Reddish
  • 2013 - Nestor M. de Armas '73
  • 2012 - James R. Beasley '67, MA '68
  • 2006 - R. Grady Snowden, Sr.* '29, Fred '52 and Patricia Snowden Lane '53 and R. Grady '57* and Barbara Snowden, Jr.
  • 2005 - Clyde E. Fant
  • 2004 - Jefferson Paramore Rogers and Mary Grace Harris Rogers*
  • 2003 - Ann Motley Hallum
  • 2002 - David B. Rinker '62 and Leighan Roberts Rinker '65
  • 2001 - Harold K. Parson '48 and Rabel Moreman Parson '48
  • 2000 - Homer J. Hand and Frances "Dolly" Rutledge Hand '49
  • 1999 - Gustave E. Johnson*
  • 1998 - Hal S. Marchman, Jr.* '50
  • 1997 - O. Charles Horton '59
  • 1996 - Charles F. Granger '55
  • 1995 - John L. Pelham* '50 and Judy Rhodes Pelham '48
  • 1994 - Paul E. Raymond*
  • 1993 - E. Earl Joiner '49
  • 1992 - Mary B. McMahan and Richard A. McMahan, Hon '09
  • 1991 - Pope A. Duncan* and Margaret Flexer Duncan*
  • 1990 - B. Frank Wheeler, Jr.* '43
  • 1989 - Sara Staff Jernigan*, BA '35, MA '37
  • 1988 - Wm. Amory Underhill*, LLB '36, Hon '69
  • 1986 - David H. Harshaw*, Hon '55
  • 1985 - Mary Turner Hood*
  • 1984 - Mark C. Hollis*, BSB '56, Hon '89
  • 1983 - Gilbert L. Lycan*, Hon '83
  • 1982 - Hugh West*, BS '31
  • 1981 - Doyle E. Carlton, Jr.*, Hon '85
  • 1980 - Robert D. Flippo*, Hon '83
  • 1979 - Eugene M. Lynn*, '41, Hon '78
  • 1978 - Arthur N. Morris, Sr.*, Hon '74
  • 1977 - John E. Price*
  • 1976 - Martha Mauney Johns
  • 1975 - Harvey H. Tanner*
  • 1974 - Thomas B. Gillespie*, Hon. '81
  • 1973 - Walter H. Mann
  • 1972 - Angus S. Barlow*
  • 1970 - Earl B. Edington*, Hon. '49
  • 1969 - J. Ollie Edmunds, Sr.*, BA '15