Grady Watson Jr.

Published 12:42 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Grady Watson Jr., 83, of Advance,  died on Aug. 20, 2019 at the NC VA Veteran’s Home in Salisbury.

He was born June 2, 1936 in Ashe County, a son to the late Grady Watson Sr. and Vetra Blackburn. He was also preceded in death by: his wife, Mabel Myers-Markland Watson; his step-son, Alton Markland; his brothers, Ben and Don Watson; and his sisters. Melba Watson-Owens and Geraldine Watson-Owens.

He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, where he was wounded. He was a member of the Elbaville United Methodist Church. He worked as a truck driver for more than 35 years and loved driving trucks. He also owned Ken’s Drive-In and the G&M Game Room on Salem Avenue in Winston-Salem. He loved the Shriners organization and their parades and supported them often and he also loved working and watching the cows in the field.

Survivors: his sons, John Watson and Mark Watson; daughters, Jenny Watson-Thomas (Danny Myers) and Robin Watson-Carrington (Alan); brother, Kenneth Watson (Ruby); brother-in-law, Don Owens; step-children, Pat Cope and Angela Markland Bailey (Larry); 3 grandchildren, Johnathon, Shane and Brandon Watson; 2 great-grandchildren, Christian and Jacob; 6 step-grandchildren, Chad, Brett and Brooke Markland and Brian, Kyle and Adam Bailey; 8 step-great-grandchildren, Ben, Maddie, Collin, Bella and Lyra Bailey, Kaycen and Maxwell Markland and Sophia Hartley; and many other extended family members and friends.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 2-3 p.m. at the Elbaville United Methodist Church in Advance. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. at Elbaville, with Brother John Palmer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial : Elbaville UMC Local Mission, PO Box 324, Advance.