Grandsons will serve as pallbearers – Drew Watson, Taylor Payne, Reece Watson, Jack Bruce; and sons-in-law, John Bruce and Gary Payne.
Mr. Watson died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Habersham Medical Center.
A son of Eula Wood Watson and the late Oliver Franklin Watson, he was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Clarke County, having lived in Stephens and Habersham counties a greater part of his life. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Collier Watson.
He was co-founder of Bowen and Watson Inc., Toccoa, in 1956, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Toccoa First United Methodist Church, former board member of The Citizens and Regions Bank, former mayor of Toccoa, member of Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville, N.C., The Atlanta Athletic Club and the Currahee Club, former board member of Associated General Contractors of Georgia and the Toccoa Deer Hunting Club. He served in the Georgia National Guard for a number of years.
Survivors include his mother, Eula Wood Watson of Clarkesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie and John Bruce of Fletcher, N.C., and Laura and Gary Payne of Carrollton, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Gail Watson and Keith and Elaine Watson, both of Toccoa; grandchildren, Reece and Rachel Watson, Drew and Paige Watson, Karly Watson, Taylor Payne, Erin Payne, Madeline Bruce and Jack Bruce; great-grandchild, Kadence Watson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Gwen Watson of Clayton, Gerald and Mary Anne Watson of Martinez, and Rodney and Carolyn Watson of Toccoa; sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Ray Sasser of Clarkesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Alternative Service, 333 E. Tugalo Street, Toccoa, GA 30577, in memory of Mr. Harold Lee Watson.
Online condolences can be made by visiting the website at acree-davisfh.com.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
June 26, 2013