The Macon County, TN native was born Sept. 30, 1928, a son of the late Ray Watson and Pearlie Perrigo Watson. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a retired sewing machine mechanic, and member of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church. On Nov. 18, 1947, he was united in marriage to Ruby Shockley Watson.
He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Ruby Shockley Watson; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Lynn and Tony Perdue; a son and daughter-in-law, Danny Joe and Patricia Watson; a sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Hillas Swindle, all of Lafayette, TN; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a granddaughter-in-law.
Funeral services for Joe D. Watson were conducted Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, 2:00 p.m., at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home with Elder Joe Tom Stinson and Elder David Swindle officiating. Burial was in Red Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Delson Moore, Melvin Moore, Cillous Moore, Richard Wilson, Ronnie Holland, Gerald Shockley, and Dennis Shockley.
Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN, was in charge of arrangements.