Eugene Hayes Watson, 81, of Woodbine, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at his residence with his family by his side.
Born Oct. 15, 1936, in Woodbine, he was the son of the late Douglas Hayes Watson and LaVerne Caldwell Watson. He was also preceded in death by his son, Stephen Watson.
Mr. Watson was a lifelong resident of Camden County and a graduate of Camden County High School. He was a member of the first football team, playing offense and defense, at Camden High. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country honorably during the Korean conflict. He had been employed with White Oak Plantation, retiring with 30 years of service, and continued his passion as a farrier through all those years. Mr. Watson was a life member of the Tiger Island Hunting Club and enjoyed fishing, squirrel hunting, working his vegetable garden and cutting firewood. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. He was of the Methodist faith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Southeast Community Church in Kingsland with Pastor Steve Curtis presiding. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Allison Memorial Chapel.
The family requests contributions in memory of Eugene Hayes Watson be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.
Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Tish Watson of Woodbine; children, Mark Hayes Watson of Woodbine, Kimberly Ann Watson (Brian) of Kingsland and Jennifer Lynn Hamilton of Bluffton, S.C.; sisters, Linda Blake (Dockey) of Yulee, Fla., and Cheryl O’Quinn (Danny) of Brunswick; grandchildren, Madison Hayes Riggins, Hanna Jade Watson, Gene Caldwell Hamilton and Lucas Hayes Hamilton; and several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.