Max O'Neil Watson Sr. of Gainesville, age 85, died peacefully in his sleep Feb. 20, 2014, after a brief illness.
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Born May 26, 1928, in Sharpsburg, Ga., to Frank Watson and Audrey Tumlin Watson, the second of three sons, he studied Civil Engineering at North Georgia, and served in the Army during the Korean War.
In 1952, he settled in Shelby, N.C., where he met his future wife, Amy Wilson. They married in 1953, and enjoyed 60 years of marriage, raising four children.
Max was involved all his adult life in car sales and transport. He owned his own car lot on Poplar Springs Road for many years until he embarked on transporting automobiles on his 18-wheeler car carrier. He was an active member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church for over 55 years and was always a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.
He is survived by his wife, Amy; sons, Max Jr. and Lindsey (Denise) of Gainesville; daughters, Hope (Randall) Hulsey, Mimi (Richard) Cundiff, all of Gainesville; grandchildren, April (Dean) Cook, Gabriel (Lori) Watson, all of Blairsville, Chance Watson, Raina Cundiff, and lan Cundiff, all of Gainesville; five great-grandchildren; and his two brothers Frank (Betty) and Rex (Gwen) Watson of Gainesville.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Gainesville, with an interment in the adjacent cemetery following the service. The Rev. David Matthews and the Rev. Randall Hulsey will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Little & Davenport Funeral Home.
ln lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Poplar Springs Baptist Church or Hospice of NE Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.littledavenport.com.
Arrangements by Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-534-5201.
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355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Feb. 21, 2014