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Grady Watson Jr.

June 2, 1936 ~ August 20, 2019 (age 83)
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Grady Watson Jr., 83, of Advance, passed away on August 20, 2019 at the NC VA Veteran’s Home in Salisbury. Grady was born June 2, 1936 in Ashe County, NC, a son to the late Grady Watson Sr. and Vetra Blackburn. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, 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.

In life, Grady served honorably in the United States Marine Corps and was a very proud Marine and served in the Korean War, where he was wounded. He was a member of the Elbaville United Methodist Church. Grady worked as a truck driver for over 35 years and loved driving truck. 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.

Grady is survived by a very large and loving family, including his sons John Watson and Mark Watson, daughter Jenny Watson-Thomas (partner Danny Myers), daughter 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 & 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, August 31, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Elbaville United Methodist Church in Advance. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM, also at the Elbaville U.M.C., with Brother John Palmer officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the Elbaville U.M.C. Local Mission, P.O. Box #324, Advance, NC 27006.

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