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Originally published: 2012-11-27 10:39:30
Last modified: 2012-11-27 13:20:37

Rosa Lee Carlton Watson

Rosa Lee Carlton Watson, 81, of Deep Gap, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone.

Mrs. Watson was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Gaither and Lucy Robbins Carlton. She was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Mrs. Watson is survived by one daughter, Nancy Ellen Watson of Deep Gap; one granddaughter, Karen Watson Norris of Deep Gap; one grandson, Richard Eddie Watson and wife, Annette, of Deep Gap; three great-granddaughters, Candis Amber Watson of Boone, Chelsea Michelle Norris of Blowing Rock, and Sarah Elizabeth Norris of Deep Gap; one great-grandson, Michael Channing Norris, II of Deep Gap; two great-great-grandsons, Tanten Webb of Boone, and Brennon Kilgore of Blowing Rock; three sisters, Irene Lewis of Boone, Pearlee Shipley and husband, Howard, of Lenoir, and Marlene Marley and husband, Charles, of Ferguson; and one brother; Jay Carlton and wife, Carrolyn, of Boomer. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthel "Doc" Watson; one son Eddy Merle Watson; two brothers, Everette Alonzo Robbins, and Robert Vaughn Carlton; and one sister, Violet Hamby.

Funeral services for Rosa Lee Carlton Watson were conducted Sunday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2012, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Gary Watson and the Rev. Sherrill Wellborn. Burial followed in the Doc & Merle Watson Family Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Doc and Rosa Lee Watson Grandchildren Educational Fund, in care of Karen Norris.

Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service was in charge of the arrangements.