Robert Watson

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Robert Joseph Watson, Jr. "Joe" CHARLOTTE - Robert Joseph Watson, Jr. "Joe", age 88, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully May 25, 2014, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster after complications from a stroke. In his own words, he was "thankful to be blessed with a wonderful life for almost 89 years." He will be remembered by family and friends as a kind man who enjoyed and was contented with life, and who was always eager to help others. Born in McQuady, KY on July 15, 1925, to Margaret Reilly Watson and Robert Joseph Watson, Sr., Joe grew up in and around Nashville, TN. Upon graduation from Father Ryan High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained as a bombardier navigator during WWII. After the war ended, while attending Vanderbilt Univ. on the GI Bill, he went on a blind date with a cute little nursing student named Joan Thompson. They married on Sept. 2, 1950, shortly after his graduation from Vanderbilt with a civil engineering degree. Joe worked as a civil engineer and a licensed surveyor in six different states while he and Joan raised their five children. In 1987, he retired as a Senior Estimator from J. A. Jones Construction Co. in Charlotte, NC. After retirement, he loved serving as a volunteer in many capacities at St. Matthew Catholic Church, including being their Meals on Wheels route coordinator. He also enjoyed playing golf and bridge at Raintree Country Club, and he cherished the many wonderful friendships made there. In 2008, the Watsons moved to Aldersgate Retirement Community where he enjoyed many new friendships and activities. He especially loved the musical performances offered at Aldersgate. Big band, barbershop and jazz were his favorites, as well as anything from The Lawrence Welk show. Joe was a man of strong faith who looked forward to being reunited in death with his wife of 62 years, Joan Thompson Watson. She passed away in Jan. 2013, after a lengthy illness in which he gave her loving, devoted care for many years. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Edward Watson. He is survived by five children: Janet Jones (Mike) of Hendersonville, TN, Larry Watson (Brenda) of Denton, NC, Judy Wolhar (Lewis) of Charlotte, Bill Watson of Largo, FL and Jill Grosse (Curt) of Charlotte. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Kelly Jones Howard (Beau), Steven Jones, Carmen Watson, Christina Watson, Brian Wolhar, Rebecca Wolhar Britland (Ryan), Nicholas Grosse, Jack Grosse, Katelyn Grosse and three great-grand-children, Fletcher, Graham and Blythe Howard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 6th, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in the Day Chapel at 7:00 p.m. with Monsignor John J. McSweeney, Celebrant and a memorial service will be held Sunday, June 8th, at 1:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Aldersgate Retirement Community, 3800 Shamrock Dr., with visitation after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 4207 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215; Aldersgate Resident Assistance Fund, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215; or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204 ( Heritage Funeral Home Weddington Chapel.

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Weddington/Matthews Chapel - Matthews
3700 Forest Lawn Drive  Matthews, NC 28104
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Published in Charlotte Observer from May 30 to June 4, 2014
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