William Edward Watson



William Edward (Eddy) Watson died peacefully at the Carillon New River Medical Center in Christansburg, Virginia on July 1, 2017 after a 21 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. A native of the Shiloh Community of Rutherford County, NC, Eddy had resided at Heritage Hall in Rich Creek, Virginia since August 2015, when he relocated to be near his beloved niece and her family.

The son of William Wallace Watson and Lena Mae Toms Watson, Eddy was born on June 12, 1950. He grew up helping in the family store in Shiloh. He graduated from Chase High School (Class of 68) and Gardner Webb University (Class of 1972) and did graduate studies at Appalachian State University. He was a life long Democrat who loved his country and was concerned about the current climate of our nation. He was our family historian.

Eddy was employed as a Program Director with the NC Department of Correction for over 20 years until Multiple Sclerosis forced his retirement in 1996.

Survivors include his sister, Wanda Watson; his niece and nephew, Kara and Josh Clemons; and the brightest star in his life, his beloved great niece, Ellena Mae, all of Pembroke, VA. Also surviving are his aunt and uncle, Doris and Wilber Hardin of Forest City, Uncle Floyd Watson of Gaffney, SC, numerous cousins, and a multitude of friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held at eleven o'clock Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with the Reverend Dr. Clay Smith officiating. Honors will be accorded by the N.C. Division of Prisons Honor Guard. Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery. The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com