Mr. George R. Watson
- April 15, 1924 - December 30, 2012
- Columbia, South Carolina
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“Dear Mrs Watson and family, I'm sorry to learn of George's death. He was a great example of a tuly "giving" man. I experienced many good times in my...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Andrew Guy Sullivan - SC
“Dear Mrs. Watson and Family,
So sorry to learn of the loss of your dear husband and father. Mr. George Watson will be remembered for a just, kind...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Michelle Wray Ehrlich - Columbia, SC
“I am so sorry for your loss. George was such a nice man--always helpful and kind. He was such an important part of CN.
3 of 11 | Posted by: Sallie Blackwell - Columbia, SC
“I am so sorry for your loss. I have always had a great appreciation for Mr. Watson's friendship and what he did for Cardinal Newman. He definitely...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: David Porter - Winnsboro, SC
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May God give you comfort, knowing that your dad (& granddad) is in his heavenly home.
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5 of 11 | Posted by: Lynn and Ed Dobbs & family - SC
“My thoughts and prayers to all of the Watson Family, especially Dorothy and all of the children and grandchildren. I have many fond memories of...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Rita Hering Harris - Naples, FL
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all, Bob and family! What a great man your dad was. He will always be remembered. God bless you. We are thinking...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Katy Cleary - Columbia, SC
“Thoughts and prayers to the entire Watson family. Thinking of you.
8 of 11 | Posted by: John Montney - mt morris, MI
“Our Deepest Condolences to the Watson family. Thank you for your friendship and hospitality throughout the years. I truly enjoyed my time spent with...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa and Hawk Kennedy - DC
“Sorry to hear about your Dad. Cherish all the memories and may God Bless you and your family.
10 of 11 | Posted by: Audrey Andrieski - Columbia, SC
“The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends sincere condolences to the family of Mr. George Watson.
11 of 11 | Posted by: Joey Tanner - Columbia, SC
COLUMBIA A Mass of Christian burial for George R. Watson, 88, will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with final commendation and farewell prayers in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.
Mr. Watson died Sunday, December 30, 2013. Born in Chicago, Ill., he was a son of the late George Nathan and Anna Owens Watson. He was a proud Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S. Wasatch during WWII and was present when General Douglas MacArthur made his return to the Philippines. George had the privilege in 2011 of taking the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the WWII Memorial.
George touched countless lives of young men and women throughout the Columbia community as he began the youth sports program at St. Joseph Catholic School and was elected as President of the Dentsville Boys' Baseball League.
A faithful employee of Cardinal Newman School for over 30 years, George dedicated his life in service to the school where he held positions of Director of Bingo, girls' basketball coach, Director of Development, Booster Club President, Athletic Director, and Director of Facilities. In 1972, George spearheaded construction of the Cardinal Newman gymnasium, and in 1977, the student body unanimously voted to name the new football field and stadium in his honor. In the fall of 2012, he was inducted into the inaugural Cardinal Newman Athletic Hall of Fame.
George was an avid Gamecock fan, and he loved playing golf and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a loyal member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Ann Watt Watson; children, Terry R. Watson (Mary Anne) of Tampa, Fla., Doug Watson (Lana) of Salem, S.C., Roger Watson (Lorrie) of Columbia, Bob Watson (Candi) of Columbia, Charles Watson (Lydia) of Surfside Beach, S.C., Patricia Gordon (William) of Orlando, Fla., and Michael Watson (Bryan Burgin) of Columbia; grandchildren, Sherri, Kimberly, Travis, Jacey, Madeleine, Meredith, Alex, Kody, Kendall, Logan, Shane, Trey and Whitney; great-grandchildren, McKinley, Margaret, Mason, Matthew, James, Kaleb, Lily and brother, Robert Watson of Idaho.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Richard Watson and sisters, Elaine Meehan, Helen Dewey and Ruth Olds.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cardinal Newman School Building Fund, 4701 Forest Drive, Columbia SC 29206.