Max Watson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his home. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home. Interment: Medlin Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Max was born July 18, 1934, in Frederick, Okla., to Robert and Hallie Watson. He was an incredible and loving husband, father and friend. Max was a longtime employee of General Motors
. He held position on the Roanoke City Council and was also mayor of Roanoke. Max also was a volunteer fire marshal. Max was preceded in death by a son, Steven Watson, in 2008; grandson, Preston Watson, in 1988; granddaughter, Sara Karadimas, in 1980; and two grandsons, Ty Marshall in 2006 and Jason Watson in 1994. Survivors: His wife of 59 years, Martha "Mimi" Watson; son, Larry Watson and wife, Liz; daughter, Sharon Spaulding and husband, Mac; sons, Gary Watson and wife, Patsy, Michael Watson and wife, Becky, and Chris Watson and wife, Lisa; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.