Henry Franklin Watson Jr., a retired Army veteran, dairy farmer, and textile worker, died July 17th, 2022 at Powdersville Post-Acute in Easley after an extended illness with dementia. He was 84.
He was born Oct. 24th, 1937 in Easley, SC, the son of the late Henry F. Watson, Sr. and Velma L. Watson. He was predeceased in death by his parents Henry Franklin Watson Sr. and Velma Lesley Watson, two brothers Ronnie Adams and Gary Adams, and twin siblings who died in early infancy.
Mr. Watson was a 1957 graduate of Easley High School. He then served 6 months active duty at Fort Jackson with Company A, 8th Battalion 2nd Infantry and 7 ½ years in the Army Reserves. During that time, he owned and operated Wynoke Dairy Farm along with his family. In 1959, he was voted by the Easley Chamber of Commerce as Young Farmer of the Year. He later worked for Saco Lowell and then retired from Mayfair Mills after 40 faithful years of service. He loved to collect guns, hunt, camp, ride his 4 wheelers and mule, watch Clemson football and WWE wrestling. He was a lifetime member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Easley. He was recently recognized for being a 50-year member of Mountain Springs Masonic Lodge #302, and the Hejaz Shrine in Greenville. He was a founding member of Three and Twenty Fire Dept. From 1990-1992 he served as a national delegate for Woodmen of The World Chapter 379 and had the privilege of meeting President John Bookout in Omaha, NE.
He is survived by his precious wife of the home for 60 years Johnnie Marie Reed Watson and 2 brothers Thomas A. Watson and Jack A. Adams (Kathy). He is also survived by 2 sons Dr. Thomas Steuart Watson (Terrie) and Shane R. Watson (Tammie) of Easley, SC.
Henry was especially proud to be called Papa and tell everyone that he had 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He especially enjoyed giving the grands a few dollars when he saw them. The grandchildren are Mackenzie Watson (Mitch), Tucker Watson (LeeAnne), Addison Watson (Tenaly), Preston Watson, Leona Ballentine (Tom), Alex “Knowey” Kay, Justin Kay (Barbie), Sallie Marie Watson, and Lance R. Watson. Papa also had some special nieces and a nephew that he dearly loved the same as his grandchildren, Jason Adams (Ashley), Kendall Pruitt (Jimmy), and Leslie K. Adams (Dallas).
The 7 great grandchildren are Sydney Emmons (Hunter), Elliott Ballentine, Connor Kay, Cash Gaskill, Simon Gaskill, Christopher Kay, and Isabella Kay.
The great great grandchildren are Parker Emmons, Grayson Emmons, and Hudson Emmons.
Pallbearers will be Papa’s grandsons and Brian Wicks. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Mt. Springs Masonic Lodge #302.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2022 at Fairview United Methodist Church in Easley, with burial at the church cemetery. Masonic rites will be performed.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road.
Memorials are requested to St. Jude’s Children Hospital-www.stjude.org or Shriners Children’s Hospital of Greenville. https://donate.lovetotherescue.org
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