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Obit – Mr. E.L. Watson

Mr. E.L. Watsonage 89, of the Riddleton Community, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening January 17, 2021 at the TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage where he was admitted January 9th.

Mr. Watson was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon January 21st with his pastor, Bro. David Norris, officiating. Burial followed in the Beasley-Brooks section of the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

One of eight children, he was born E.L. Watson in the Dickerson Hollow in the Pleasant Shade Community on August 15, 1931 and was one of seven sons and one daughter of the late Willie Lee Watson who died at the age of 73 on November 8, 1964 and Annie Ethel Dickerson Watson who died at the age of 81 on July 12, 1982.

The sister preceding him in death was Ara Alyene Watson Shoulders who died July 25, 2020 at the age of 90 and the six brothers preceding her in death were Samuel Lester Watson who died March 22, 1943 at the age of 22, Vestal Lee Watson who died June 3, 1983 at the age of 64, Gayle J. Watson who died February 20, 2002 at the age of 78, Carl Aberdeen Watson who died November 24, 2012 at the age of 85, and William Clester Watson who died November 30, 2012 at the age of 90 and an infant brother, Cecil Watson who died as an infant.

At the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on June 7, 1958 Mr. Watson was united in marriage to Riddleton Community native Betty Jean Woodard.

Mr. Watson was a longtime carpenter and painter and was formally employed at Avco/Textron in Nashville.

He was saved at the age of 12 under the preaching of the late Floyd Wilson (F. W.) Lambert at the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church at Pleasant Shade.

At the time of his death he had moved his membership to the Dixon Springs Missionary Baptist Church where he was a faithful attendee as long as health permitted.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Betty, of over sixty two years are their two daughters, Pam Watson Petty and husband Andy of the Hickman Community, Lisa Watson Methner and husband Jeff of the Rome Community; six grandchildren, Scotty Claridy and wife Crystal, Keith Claridy, Kyle House, Dylan House and companion Ashley Romaine, Chris Petty, Andrew Petty; eight great-grandchildren, Paige, Ethan, Seth, Jordan, Madison, Gage, Betty and Savannah; great-great-grandson, Logan Key.

The Watson family requests memorial to either Alzheimers Tennessee or the Diabetes Association.