07/17/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Allen Watson

Allen Patterson Watson
(29 Nov 1945 - 9 July 2008)

Hampton High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
The sad news is still continuing. 
  Allen Watson, Hampton High School - Class of 1964,  passed away in West Jefferson, NC on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at the age of 62.

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 07/17/08 - "Allen Watson":

Not sure if you got this email about the passing of Allen Watson. Allen graduated with me in 1964 from good ole Hampton High School. I'm sure some of the folks who read your web page will remember Allen. He was a great guy in high school and it sounds like he went on to do really well for our country and his education. If you have room please let the folks know of his passing last week.
F.A. Saunders

   I will always have room to honor such a fine man, F.A.  Thank you for letting us know.  Please accept our condolences on the loss of your classmate.

From the Jefferson Post (Ashe County, NC) - 07/14/08:

   Allen Patterson Watson  
West Jefferson, NC

November 29, 1945 - July 9, 2008

Allen Patterson Watson, age 62, of West Jefferson, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 while surrounded by his family at home. He had battled prostate cancer for 8 + years that had metastasized to the bone.

Born November 20, 1945, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of Margaret B. Watson of West Jefferson and the late Charles Wake Watson. He graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, Va., in 1964 and served his country in the U.S. Army in the 1st Calvary Division, Air Mobile in the Vietnam War earning the Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, while flying over 100 air missions over hostile territory including the Battle of La Drang Valley. He also earned the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960), Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army).

Returning to the States he earned his college degree from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., while working full time on nuclear subs at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va. He then entered a career in nuclear energy working at several nuclear power plants across the U.S., retiring from Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plants Constellation Energy, Lusby, Md. He was very church and community oriented serving on many church communities and community boards before retiring to his beloved mountain home in 2003. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Boone serving as a devoted adult Sunday school teacher.

He was an avid model railroader modeling the C&O (HO Gauge) for 35 years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 28 years, Connie Caperton Watson, and one daughter, Amanda Marie Watson of West Jefferson, one brother, Charles Wake Watson Jr. and wife Barbara of La Porte, Texas, and one step-brother, Larry Watson of Winston-Salem.

A viewing was held at Boone Family Funeral Home, West Jefferson, on Saturday, July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. Service was held on Sunday, July 13, at 3 p.m. at Mt Vernon Baptist Church, Boone. Prior to the service a viewing was held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial followed at the Blue Ridge Baptist Cemetery on Park Vista Rd, West Jefferson.

Donations may be made to the Hospice of West Jefferson, or the Building Fund at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 3505 Bamboo Rd, Boone, NC 28607.



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Watson family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Abide with Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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