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Dr. John W. Watson, Sr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 28, 2017 @ 4:19 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 24 Comments

In Memorial

Dr. John W. Watson, Sr., age 90, departed this life on January 27, 2017. A native of Richmond, VA, Dr. Watson served as a Medical Corpsman in Guam during World War II. He left the Navy to complete college at Virginia Tech, followed by medical school at the Medical School of Virginia. After interning at Philadelphia General and another year in Richmond, Dr. Watson began medical practice in Oxford, NC, joining James and William Tarry in what became Tarry and Watson, MD PA.
From his arrival in oxford, Dr. Watson embraced the families he treated as they embraced him over 50 years of medical practice. Like other doctors of his era, Dr. Watson treated patients in the office while also manning the emergency and delivery rooms of Granville Memorial Hospital and Shaw Memorial Hospital, often making house calls. He maintained connections with Duke University Medical School and greatly enjoyed the medical students who came to his office during rotations.
Outside of medical practice, Dr. Watson stayed involved in the Oxford community. He was a founding member of the Oxford Housing Authority and its Chairman for many years. He enjoyed bird hunting and bird dogs as well as coastal fishing from Morehead City to Emerald Isle. He was a most enthusiastic Hokie supporting Virginia Tech sports through good times and bad. In all of these pursuits as well as everyday life, Dr. Watson maintained a deep appreciation and respect for others from all walks of life.
Dr. Watson was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Robin Robins Watson. He was also his parents, Albert Darr Watson and Elizabeth Bolyn Watson; and his sisters, Martha Watson of Richmond, VA, Nancy Chandler and Jean White both of Ponte Vedra, FL.
Until Robin’s recent death, the two enjoyed a long and happy marriage with the many close friends and groups they found in Oxford.
From the marriage and surviving Dr. Watson are sons, John William Watson, Jr. and wife, Charlotte of Oxford, North Carolina, Peter Robins Watson and wife, Anita of Kinston, North Carolina; and daughter, Eloise Bolyn Watson and husband, Mark Jalkut of Raleigh, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, John Devin Blackwell Watson, Raleigh Peterson Watson, AtLee Taylor Darr Watson, Corrine Arrington Watson, Spencer Robins Watson, Chloe Elizabeth Jalkut, William Bolyn Jalkut, and Berkeley Hannon Jalkut; two great-grandchildren, Charlotte Virginia Watson and Grace Robins Watson.
By his life and work, Dr. Watson leaves a legacy of service and caring for others to his family and all who knew him.
Visitation at Gentry, Newell and Vaughan, Oxford, NC, Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, McClanahan Street, Oxford, North Carolina with a reception immediately following in the Church Parish Hall. Interment will then follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Granville Health System Foundation or the charity of one’s choice.
Gentry-Newell and Vaughan Funeral Home is assisting the Watson family.


Condolences for the family of “Dr. John W. Watson, Sr.”

Condolence from Crystal swisher on January 28th, 2017 5:22 pm

Thinking of your family during a difficult time…may your good memories sustain you folks now and in the future as you comfort one another. Love and prayers.

Condolence from Glenda Hightower on January 28th, 2017 7:53 pm

My deepest sympathies to the Watson family. Dr. Watson was my doctor from the time I was 12 until he retired. He was a great doctor and I and my family truly cared about him. Rest in Peace, Dr. Watson.

Condolence from Sharon D Yancey on January 28th, 2017 8:43 pm

My thoughts and prayers to the family at this time.

Condolence from Mittie Belle Wilkins on January 29th, 2017 7:41 am

My prayers are with you! What a great doctor and friend!! Wish there was more like him today.
Love to all the family!
Mittie Belle Wilkins

Condolence from Valinda Dickerson on January 29th, 2017 8:36 am

So sorry for your loss. Dr Watson was a wonderful, kind and compassionate man. Oxford was extremely lucky to have him and I know first hand he was a great doctor.

Condolence from Betty Currin on January 29th, 2017 9:07 am

What a wonderful, kind ,passionate person Dr. Watson was. He was my families Dr. and friend and Oxford was so blessed to have him.
My love and prayers go out to this fine mans family.

Condolence from Valeria womack on January 29th, 2017 10:11 am

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Dr Watson was a good doctor. I will keep the family in my prayers.

Condolence from Judith Currin on January 29th, 2017 10:45 am

Dr Watson was my parents; Doctor, my Doctor as well as my childrens’ Doctor when they were growing up. He was a fine man and a great physician, Oxford has lost a very special person. My love and prayers go out to the family.

Condolence from Jane Satterwhite on January 29th, 2017 11:11 am

Charlotte, thinking of you , John and the children (their families). Praying for the comfort of the family.

Condolence from Marie on January 29th, 2017 1:08 pm

Dr watson was a special fine Dr for our family we are sorry for the loss but heaven has gained an angel and get is with Robin once again please accept my deepest condolences during this time of a special loss prayers for you and the days ahead when you need him the most love to john Peter John eloise

Marie price

Condolence from Mary Ellen Johnson Kinney on January 29th, 2017 1:33 pm

Dr. Watson was a loving,caring doctor to so many in Granville County,my condolences to his family,especially John and his family.

Condolence from Mary Ellen Johnson Kinney on January 29th, 2017 1:36 pm

Dr. Watson was a kind,loving ,doctor for many in Granvillie County,my condolences to his family,especially my friend John and his family! My love and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Faye Adcock Little on January 29th, 2017 2:21 pm

Dr. Watson was the kind of doctor who remained your friend. All of my family had visits with him. Mama liked him so much, she gave his last name to my youngest brother, Jerry Watson Adcock. Fortunately, he served the Granville County people long enough, to learn the family tree of most of his patients. We will all miss him.

Condolence from Donna Watkins Currin on January 29th, 2017 2:54 pm

Dr. Watson was a kind, empathetic doctor with incredible diagnostic skills. He always treated other medical staff with respect and courtesy.
My parents trusted him as a doctor and respected him as a man. His contributions to this community are immeasurable.
I offer prayers and condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Rick and Wilma Givens on January 29th, 2017 3:36 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful man. Prayers to you and your family at this time, and may you find inner peace in the days ahead.

Condolence from Nan Howells on January 29th, 2017 6:11 pm

A true hero in our town!! He will be missed by all ! Dr. Watson made a big difference in all our lives ! Deepest sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Cindy Cobb Bedsworth on January 30th, 2017 3:25 am

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family across the miles at the Crystal Coast. I would not be alive today without the compassionate care I received when I was a young girl until College from DR. Watson. He will always be one of my Heroes. I am the Oxford GIRL always. Love, Cindy Cobb Bedsworth.

Condolence from Tony Parrott on January 30th, 2017 6:26 am

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a fine man and leaves a great legacy. You have our condolences.

Condolence from Janet Parrott on January 30th, 2017 12:04 pm

John and family. Dr. Watson was such a nice person. Enjoyed getting to know him when we are opening the Stovall Medical Center. Dr. Terry and Dr. Watson were the first backup doctors. Both great people.

Condolence from Barbara Tilley on January 30th, 2017 2:38 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was a great Doctor and man. He will be missed. Prayers for the family!

Condolence from The Floyd Family on January 31st, 2017 3:09 pm

We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Watson’s passing. He has surely touched many lives. Even though we are saddened by his death, our Heavenly Father gives us reason for hope. He promises at Revelation 21:4 to put an end to tears, pain, and death. We hope that reflecting on this divine promise will help your family to gain a measure of peace and comfort.

Condolence from Kati Baker Hobson on January 31st, 2017 5:37 pm

John, Paul and Eloise, I was saddened to learn the news of both your Father and mother’s passing today.
Please know as always that your parents we so supportive of my family in many ways. They were both true pillars of Oxford and helped so many others in Granville Co. Truly my last visit with them the shortly after they moved to Raleigh was a most special day for Me and Mother (Eunice and Frank Baker). Mrs. Robin and Dr John will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

” Given one well-trained physician of the highest type he will do better work for a thousand people than ten specialists. “

Condolence from Walter A/Holt, Jr. on February 6th, 2017 11:12 am

John, Peter & Eloise: I sincerely regret that I was unable to attend the visitation or service for your dear father. I am very sorry for your family’s loss as his contributions to the community leave a great void. I have such fond memories of our families getting together when we were all so much younger. Our parents were such great friends. Peace and blessing to you.
WALTER HOLT

Condolence from ANNETTE.BEAL BARKER on February 8th, 2017 10:26 pm

WE ARE TRULY SADDEN FOR YOUR LOSS, DR WATSON WAS LOVED BY SO MANY AND SO MANY WERE PTS OF WHO HE TOOK CARE OF UNTILL HE RETIRED.DR WATSON TOOK CARE OF 4 GENRATIONS IN MY FAMILY, I PRAY GOD WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE STRENGHT YOU NEED THREW THIS AND LEAVE GOOD THOUGHTS WITH YOU IN YOUR HEARTS. HE WAS A GOOD MAN WELL DR,TARRY -DR WATSON ARE SEEING EACH OTHER AGAIN WITH ALL LOVE ONES. I KNOW GOD MET DR WATSON WITH OPEN ARMS.OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. MARK.B BARKER AND ANNETTE BEAL BARKER

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