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Originally published: 2014-07-08 11:34:47
Last modified: 2014-07-08 11:34:47

L.B. 'Ben' Watson Sr.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith."
  2nd Timothy 4: 7

L.B. "Ben" Watson Sr., 85, Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord, Friday, July 4, 2014, near his garden. He was born Feb.18, 1929 in Watauga County, N.C., to the late Talmadge and Sarah "Babe" Rominger Watson. He was a graduate of Cove Creek High School, Sugar Grove, N.C., and Steed College of Technology. Ben served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948 during the occupation of Germany. He moved from Watauga County in 1949 to Tennessee. He owned and operated Watson Trout Farms for more than 30 years. Ben loved the Lord and his church, working in his garden and working on his old Chrysler Cars and spending time with his granddaughter, Loren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lee Watson. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Elizabethton.
     Survivors include his wife of 65 years: Violet Tester Watson. A son: Ben Watson and wife, Lori, and granddaughter: Loren, of Elizabethton.  A sister: Ruby Matheson and husband, Dana, Sugar Grove, N.C.  A brother: Dale Watson and wife, Christine, of Lexington, N.C.  Several nieces and nephews.
     A service to celebrate the life of Ben Watson will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Travis Tyler officiating. Graveside service and Interment will be at noon Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Sugar Grove, N.C. Music will be provided by the Grace Baptist Church Choir. Active pallbearers will be deacons of Grace Baptist Church.  Honorary pallbearers will be his church family and friends. The family would like to express a special "thank you" to  Tyler Hyder, the Carter County Sheriff Department, the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department and the Carter County Rescue Squad. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Ben to Hale Community Ministries, 1301 Arney Street, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643 or Grace Baptist Church, 1114 Broad Street Ext., Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.  Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery.  Condolences may be e-mailed to (
     Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton,  is serving the Watson family.