Edgar Lewis Watson
Edgar Lewis Watson of Keswick, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 20, 2008, surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 4, 1927, in Barboursville, Virginia, the son of the late Robert Lewis and Hattie Lee Gibson Watson.
Eddie was preceded in death by daughters, Jacqueline Watson Barnette and Tracie Elain Watson; grandson, Nathan Barnette; and sisters, Amanda Lawson and Ellen Eubank.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley Redmon Watson; daughter, Susan Sexton and her husband, Mark, of Charlottesville, and their children, Anne, Claire (Everett) and her husband, Cory, and Frank; daughter, Annette Binney and her husband, Blair, of Malboro, New York, and their children, Sydney (Taylor) and her husband, Matthew, Bruce, Eliza, and Madeline; son-in-law, Kim Barnette of Pasadena, Maryland, and his children, Melissa (Davis) and her son, Drew, Shannon (Phillips) and her husband, Steven, and daughter Skyler, and granddaughters, Karlee and Emily; daughter, Sherri Minor and her husband, Scott, of Scottsville, and their sons, Clark and Jack; son, David Lewis Watson and his wife, Melanie, of Keswick, and daughters, Leah and Dara, and their son, Jacob.
He is also survived by two sisters, Comora Herndon and Gertrude Roberts; brothers-in-law, Bill Roberts and Mark Eubank; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless special friends inside and outside of the equine community.
Eddie loved his family dearly, never balking after a long day to go for a ride or take in a round of golf with his wife and children, and later to spend time with his grandchildren. He loved sports, particularly baseball and golf. He was a colorful storyteller and took great joy in sparking a smile.
He was a professional horseman and farm manager, and ultimately made his living as a self-employed farrier, a trade he lovingly passed on to his son. He liked to claim that his profession was also his hobby. He enjoyed creating ornamental ironwork and the results of these artistic blacksmithing endeavors can be found throughout the homes of family and friends. He worked until cancer treatments took his strength, but although he couldn't lift a hammer, he still avidly shared his knowledge and experience with his colleagues.
He was an active member of the American Farrier's Associate, the Artists-Blacksmith's Association of North America, and the Virginia Horseshoers Association where he loved to take part in teaching clinics. He always said he gained as much knowledge as he passed on. He was honored to be a recipient of the AFA Humanitarian Award, and to be inducted into the Anvil 21 Club and the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame.
The Watson Family cannot adequately express their gratitude for the exceptional care Eddie received from Dr. Gordon Morris and his staff, along with the wonderful staff of the VAscular/ Interventional Department at Martha Jefferson Hospital; the parking attendants at Martha Jefferson Hospital who always cheerfully helped Eddie and Shirley; and Beth, Theresa, and Lara from Hospice of the Piedmont.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009, at the Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cancer Care Center of Martha Jefferson Hospital, Hospice of the Piedmont, or the .
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.