BILLY RAY WATSON, age 79 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, Tenn., a son of the late Robert Lee and Gladys Marie Raper Watson and preceded in death by Brothers: Jimmy Watson, Larry Watson, and Mike Watson. He retired from Heil and was a member of First Baptist Church of Riceville.
Survivors: Wife of 59 years: Frances Morrow Watson of Athens, Tenn., Daughter: Cherie Watson of Cleveland, Tenn., Son: Billy Ray Watson, Jr. of Athens, Tenn., Grandson: Matthew Watson, Two Sisters: Judy Galyon of Athens, Tenn., and Bobbie Lingerfelt of Athens, Tenn., several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Interment will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday in McMinn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be friends. The family will receive friends from 5-7 Saturday in the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs/notices/Billy-Watson. Arrangements are by Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn.
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