Major Don Robert Watson, Jr., 74

Major Don Robert Watson, Jr. US Army (Ret), of Rocky Mount, N.C., passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 3, 1943.

He was preceded in death by his mother Florence B. Watson, his father Don R. Watson, Sr. and his late wife Linda R. Kaylor Watson. 

Don was drafted into the United States Army in 1966. After graduating from Infantry Officer Candidate School and Flight School, and serving a tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to Ft. Rucker as a Tactics Instructor Pilot. Later tours of duty sent him to Ft. Benning, Ga., Ft. Jackson, S.C., Panama Canal Zone, Daytona Beach, Fla, Ft. Hood, Texas, and Ft. Campbell, Ky.

During his military career, he proudly served with Infantry, Aviation, and Military Police units. He was awarded several medals, including Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Soldiers, Air, Armed Forces Reserve, and Master Aviator Badge. He retired from the Army in 1986.

After leaving the service he was a VP with Granutec, Health Corp, and Pharm Star Pharmaceuticals, and also owned his own business.

Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 24 years Judy and his children, Don R. Watson, III and wife Sandra, Denise Ann Harris, and Michael Robbins Owen and husband Michael. He will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren, Arden, Kate, Morgan, Clay, Jacob, and Annmarie; and by his brothers, Lt. Col. Jon Watson U.S. Army (Ret) and wife Cheri and Jim Watson and wife Patricia. 

Don’s kind heart, generosity and willingness to help everyone will be cherished for a lifetime. He enjoyed entertaining family and friends, his annual trips to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association reunions, and he was always searching for new and interesting projects to busy himself with.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 4948 Carter Road, Elm City, NC. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church Building Fund at 4948 Carter Road, Elm City, NC 27822.

Don will be laid to rest in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, on Friday, Feb. 16.

Family will receive friends at Gordon’s Funeral Home, 528 Trowbridge St., Allegan, on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m

Cornerstone Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Watson family and words of comfort may be shared at Cornerstone Funeral Home is at 1052 South First Street, Nashville, NC 27856.


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