Ray Watson

January 3, 1925 ~ February 16, 2020 (age 95)


Ray Watson, age 95 passed from this life to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 16, 2020 with Phillip and Deborah by his side at his residence of Sparta, TN.

Ray was a member of Doyle United Methodist Church and a Mason of 66 years at the Sparta Masonic Lodge.

Ray was a construction foreman most of his working life. He built many buildings in White and surrounding counties. This included the White County High School, Edd Rogers Chevrolet, and Woodland Park. He also worked at the Sparta Planning Mill.

He enjoyed sitting on his front porch in Doyle watching the world pass by. He was a fan of the University of Tennessee sports program and the Atlanta Braves.

He was born January 3, 1925 in the Hickory Valley Community to the late Charlie and Lillie Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 59 years, Lula Watson; daughter, Devon; sisters, Charlene (Earl) Nash and Emma Lilliam McKellips; brother, Joel (Florene) Watson.

Survivors include his son, Phillip Watson; daughter, Deborah and son-in-law Barry Roberts. He was Papa Ray to Janna, Raela, Stefan, Rachel, Stephanie, Brandon, Angie, and Casey. He was great-Papa Ray to Olivia, Laney, and Lucas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family thanks three very special ladies Sharon Officer, Janet Guffey, Helen Dodson who loved and cared for Mr. Ray and for the ladies at Avalon Hospice.

Pallbearers are Joel Cart Casey, Steve Casey, David McBride, Chris McBride, Casey Brown, and Brandon McDonald.

Honorary pallbearers are Sharon Officer, Janet Guffey, Helen Dodson and the caregivers at Avalon Hospice.


The family will accept visitors from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Friday, February 21, 2020 in the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will begin at 11:00AM Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Interment Doyle Cemetery.

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February 21, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thurman Funeral Home LLC
44 North Main Street
Sparta, TN 38583

Funeral Service
February 22, 2020

11:00 AM
Thurman Funeral Home LLC
44 North Main Street
Sparta, TN 38583

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