Otis Watson

October 27, 1935 ~ August 7, 2021 (age 85)


High Point, NC

Mr. Otis Watson, 85, passed away peacefully to his heavenly home Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Hospice Haven in Rockingham, NC after an illness. Mr. Watson was born on October 27, 1935, in Marlboro County, SC the son of the late Henry and Hattie Caulder Watson.

Mr. Watson met and married Brenda Joyce Freeman on June 22, 1957. This marriage lasted for 49 years, and the couple was blessed with four children. She passed away at the young age of 66 in 2006 from several years of failing health. He was also predeceased by their youngest son, Mitchell in 2011. Despite the loss of part of his family, he spent 15 more years living and enjoying the life given him.

Mr. Watson was a member of Sophia Full Gospel Church for 15 years, where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Worship Leader. His early working years were at Boro Wood Products a short while then Firestone Textiles in Bennettsville for 23 years until the plant closed in 1981. He and his family moved to High Point, NC, where he secured a job and later retired with the City of High Point.

Mr. Watson loved to play guitar and sing and was able to record a tape recently along with a friend. He was part of several church String Bands during the 30 years living in High Point. The last 10 years, he and his Pastor, Larry Freeree participated in music ministry for the patients at several of the nursing homes in the area. This was a major part of his weekend activities until the pandemic forced an end of visitation. He also enjoyed repairing small engine equipment, such as mowers, tillers and weed trimmers, which contributed to a large collection of tools and related junk.

In addition to his parents, his loving wife, Brenda, and son, Mitch listed above, Mr. Watson was preceded in death by 7 sisters and a brother. He was the last living member of his immediate family.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory; daughters, Tammy Brigman (Jessie) and Debra Sparkman (Sam) of Bennettsville; son, Randy Watson (Cindy) of Trap Hill, NC; grandchildren, Ashleigh S. Polston (Curt), Samantha Sparkman, Steven Watson (Elizabeth), Jacob Watson, Bowen Watson, and Dani Beeson (Colston), Nikki Olvera (Gabe), Sydney Copeland, and Lindsey Copeland; 5 precious great-grandchildren that he loved and treasured every minute of time spent with them; special friend, Katie Brigman.

Mr. Watson loved his extended family as he did his immediate family and enjoyed attending the Watson family reunions each year to have a grand time if it was possible. His family and friends loved him, and he will be missed by all as someone who enjoyed a big laugh and good song.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Burroughs Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Ervin Taylor and Rev. Larry Freeree. A visitation will be from 2-3 pm just prior to the service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest beside his dear wife following the service at McCall Cemetery on N. Cook Street in Bennettsville in the family plot.

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August 14, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Burroughs Funeral Home
688 Beauty Spot Road East
Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512

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Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512

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