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Wade Watson

PITTS – Funeral services for Wade Watson were held Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Black and Rev. Phillip Garrett officiated the service.

The service began with the playing of “He Restoreth My Soul” by the Gospel Echoes featuring Mr. Watson singing. The congregation stood and sang “The National Anthem” led by Dave Odell in honor of Mr. Watson’s love and service to America. Rhonda Watson sang “Celebrate Me Home” and Barry Coffee sang “The Old Rugged Cross” as well as accompanying the congregation in singing “How Great Thou Art” lead by Dave Odell.

Burial followed in the Pleasant View Baptist Church Cemetery. Barry Coffee played “Taps.” Following the folding of the flag, Edwin Lee presented the flag to Mrs. Watson on behalf of the Wilcox County American Legion. Mr. Watson was a very patriotic man and a 21-gun salute was provided by the boys of the church. Serving as active pallbearers were: Mike Holliday, Keith Holliday, Stacy Holliday, Richard Nutt, Mike Copeland, Mark Harden, Scotty Jones and David Nobles. Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of Mr. Watson’s Sunday School Class and others of the church.

Mr. Watson, age 88, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at his residence. He was a native of Wilcox County. Mr. Watson was the son of the late Billie Monroe Watson and the late Naomi Wade Watson. He was preceded in death by his brother James M.  “Bo” Watson and a sister Bernice Watson Hance. He was a farmer in Wilcox for 45 years. Mr. Watson was in the United States Army where he served in the Korean Conflict served in Alabama, California and Germany., He was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church. He also served as Farm Bureau director, president of Wilcox County Sweet Potato Growers Association. Mr. Watson served as director of Colony Bank of Wilcox, serving 8 years as chairman of the board. He sang bass with the Gospel Echoes of Pitts for 31 years. He served on the Wilcox County Arts Council. Mr. Watson was the music director Pleasant View Baptist Church for 48 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 71 and served as chairman of board of Wilcox County Gold Kist. Mr. Watson was a director on Community Board of the REA.

He is survived by his wife: Beth M. Watson of Pitts, Ga.; his bothers-in-law: L.V. (Shirley) McClain, Charles W. (Linda) McClain and Howard (Carolyn) McClain all of Adel and Gus Hance of Pineview; his sister-in-law: Wilma Jane Watson of Boaz, Ala. and nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be left at www.hughesandwright.com. Hughes & Wright Funeral Home, Inc. is entrusted with these arrangements assisted by Dale Frazier.