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Originally published: 2014-07-15 11:06:44
Last modified: 2014-07-15 11:09:48

Joe Benny Watson

Joe Benny Watson, 74, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, after a short illness.
He was born August 24, 1939, in Boone, N.C., a son of the late Vandell and Rosie Mae Miller Watson. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Jerry Watson and a sister, Ann Parsons.
Joe B. owned and operated Speights Shoe Service for 40 years until his retirement in 2000. He was a 32nd Degree Master Mason at Myrtle Beach Masonic Lodge #353 and a member of the Omar Shrine of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.  He was past president and active member in the Omar Beachcombers and a board member of the Horry Shrine. He was a founding board member of the Downtown Myrtle Beach Revitalization Committee and former member of the Myrtle Beach Jaycees and Myrtle Beach Corvette Club. Joe was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served on the Finance Committee and as an usher. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force from 1956 until 1960, and was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Roxyanne Speights Watson; his son, Rusty Watson and fiance  Annette Swain of Myrtle Beach; his daughter, Robin Watson Payne and husband Michael of Florence, S.C.; his grandchildren, Blake Watson and Jorden Watson of Bristol, Va., Kevin Payne of Houston, Texas, Melanie Payne of Florence, S.C., Antoinette Chicchirichi of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and, two great-granddaughters, Haylea Watson and Aly Jo Watson of Bristol, Va. He is also survived by his twin brother, Johnny Watson and wife Linda Gail of Lexington, N.C.; brother, Jim Watson of Archdale, N.C.; his sister, Linda Gardner and husband Richard of Lexington, N.C.;and many nieces and nephews.
His family received friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014, at McMillan-Small Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach with burial following at Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery with Masonic Rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Omar Beachcombers Shrine Unit, PO Box 66, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.
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