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WATSON Gordon Keith Watson, 63, passed away April 2, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born May 26, 1949 in Jacksonville, he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, Jacksonville University (Sigma Phi Epsilon), and the University of Florida. Having earned a tennis scholarship at JU, he was named an All American player and inducted into the JU Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993. The tennis complex at JU ,which was donated by Keith, bears his name. Having earned his law degree from UF in 1973, he spent most of career in real estate law. He started with Crider & Helwig, P.A. and eventually became Senior Partner at Watson & Osborne, P.A., and served as General Counsel, Watson Realty Corp. and Stockton Realty Group. Among his notable accomplishments, Keith was one of the founders of Oceanside Bank, served on the board of Jacksonville Country Day School, Christ Church, and Board of Trustees at Jacksonville University. He was an avid gator fan and Bull Gator, member of Sawgrass and Ponte Vedra Golf & Country Clubs. Predeceased by his father & mother, William A. Watson, Sr., and Tresser Lee Smoak Watson, and sister, Mary Watson Myers, he is survived by his wife, Carol Dyal Watson; sons, Gordon Keith Watson, Jr. and Parker Alexander Watson; sister, Claire Taylor; brother, William A. Watson, Jr. and numerous other relatives and countless friends. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13th , at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Following a reception at the church, he will be placed at rest in Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.JDRF.org or Christ Church, Ponte Vedra Beach. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. Words of condolence may be shared at www.hardage-giddensbeacheschapel.com. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2013
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