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Henry C. Watson

Henry C. Watson, 82, of Pikeville, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

He retired from the State of Tennessee, Department of Forestry, after fifty years of dedicated service.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Huey Winfield Watson; mother, Mima Lee (Fisher) Watson; brothers, Huey Alan “Rawhide” Watson and Glenn Greer “Doc” Watson; and sister, Hallie Watson.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel J. (Walling) Watson; children, Janice (David) Mercer, Charles (Roxy) Watson, Mary Jane Watson and Clayton Watson, all of Pikeville; grandchildren, Chris (Helaine) Mercer, Carrie Mercer (David) Samons, Tiffany Watson (Jimmy) Patmor, Brian Watson, Casey Troglin, Jason (Ashley) Troglin, Matthew (Jamie) Watson and Cody Watson; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mitchell “Shorty” Watson, John Watson, George Watson and Donnie (Paula) Watson; one sister, Illa Ann (Norman) Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in Walling Cemetery.

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The arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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