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Rosa Lee Watson, Wife of the Late Doc Watson has Died

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Rosa Lee Carlton Watson, age 81, of Deep Gap, died on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone. Watson was in the Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation following a stroke earlier. She and Doc were married in 1947. Their first son, Merle Watson, was killed in a tractor accident in 1985. Her husband, Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson passed away earlier this year.

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.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthel “Doc” Watson; one son Eddy Merle Watson; her father and mother, Gaither and Lucy Robbins Carlton; two brothers, Everette Alonzo Robbins, and Robert Vaughn Carlton, and one sister, Violet Hamby.

Funeral services for Rosa Lee Carlton Watson will be conducted Sunday afternoon, November 25, 2012, at 2:00 o'clock, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Gary Watson and Reverend Sherrill Wellborn. Burial will follow in the Doc Watson Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. At other times friends may call at the home of the daughter Nancy Ellen Watson, 217 Sunny Hill Lane, Deep Gap. The family requests that anyone visiting not wear any scented body products.

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 www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. The formal obituary and online guest book is available here.

Friends may call at the home of the daughter Nancy Ellen Watson, 217 Sunny Hill Lane, Deep Gap. The family requests that anyone visiting not wear any scented body products.

Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at www.HamptonFuneralNC.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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