Mr. Thomas Clayton Watson, 83, of Lake City, died Sunday morning, October 7, 2012 in the V.A. Medical Center following an extended illness. A native of Pike County, Kentucky, Mr. Watson had been a resident of Lake City since 1977 having moved here from the Bradenton, Florida area. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Watson was a retired trainman having worked for the B&O Railroad for many years. He was also an ordained Baptist Minister and had pastored and built two churches and two Christian Schools. Mr. Watson enjoyed NASCAR and working on his genealogy but his passion was preaching. He was preceded in death in May of this year by his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Adele Strickland Watson and was also preceded by a grand-daughter, Michelle Watson Harrington.
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He is survived by his sons, Charles Watson of Lake City; Gary Watson of Gainesville, Florida; and Karl Watson of Cross City, Florida; his daughters, Wanda Lathinghouse of Lake City; and Noanie Hamilton of Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Watson will be conducted at 2P.M. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in the Chapel of the Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Steele officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in White Springs. The family will receive friends for One hour prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025 752-1234 Please share your thoughts and wishes for the family at our on-line family guestbook at
Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home
458 S Marion Ave.
Lake City, FL 32025
Published in Lake City Reporter on Oct. 9, 2012