Charles L. Watson

Charles Lee Watson, 82, a resident of Rudd Road, in Valley Bend, passed from this life Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, 2013 at the Hospice Care Inpatient Center in Elkins surrounded by his loving family.

Charles was born Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1930, in Beverly, a son of the late Perry Russell Watson and Annie Oxley Watson. On Oct. 18, 1951, he married the love of his life, Pansy Lou McCauley Watson, who preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2010.

Left to cherish Charles’ memory are two daughters, Betty Arbogast and husband, Allen, of Beverly, and Charlotte Warder and husband, Kim, of Valley Bend, four sons, Roger L. Watson Sr. and wife, Karen, of Valley Bend, Bob Watson and wife, Cheryl, of Norton: Freddy Watson and wife, Margie, of Beverly; and Danny Watson and wife, Lou, of Valley Bend; 16 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by five sisters, Grace Shifflett, Ora Griffith, Margie Watson, Bessie Ramsey, and Eunice Raines; seven brothers, Donald Watson, Ronald Watson, Willie Watson, Lewis Watson, Richard Watson, Arnold Watson, and Everett Watson, one great-granddaughter, Abbigayle Paige Pennington; and one great-grandson, Allen Lee, “AJ” Arbogast Jr.

Charles attended the schools of Randolph County and had worked at several local sawmills, including Coastal Lumber. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, ginsenging, pitching horseshoes, but he truly loved his wife and spending time with his grandchildren and picking on them. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

Visitation will be held at the Randolph Funeral Home and cremations services on Thursday from 6 -8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home chapel on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. The Rev S. Kent Price will officiate and interment will follow at Mountain State Memorial Gardens in Gilman. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Charles Lee Watson.

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