Paul Franklin Watson, 85, of McMinnville died Thursday, April 17, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 12, 1928, in DeKalb County, was the former owner of both Red Ball Moving Company and Watson & Wagner Used Cars, and was an elder and charter member of McMinnville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Frank Lee and Eula Bond Watson; first wife Janice L. Jones Watson; four sisters, Doris Watson, Virgle Mai Adcock, Anna Stinnett, and Rebekah Lemons; and nine brothers, John Lee Watson, James A. Watson, Charles Loren Watson, George Watson, Lillard Watson, Aaron L. Watson, Frank Lee Watson Jr., James Charles (J.C.) Watson, and Rev. David E. Watson.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Crim Lewis Watson; sons, Bruce Watson and Rev. Jonathan (Jeanni) Watson; stepdaughters, Christie (Kevin) Hinson, Andrea Martin, and Nicole (Chris) Farmer, grandchildren Chris (Melissa) Mitcham, Micah, Hannah, and Leah Watson; five step-grandchildren and one on the way, four great-grandchildren; a sister Frances Billings, and brothers Morris (Angele) Watson and Rev. Johnny (Barbara) Watson. Many nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. B.J. Hancock and Rev. Ronnie Pittenger will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. The Watson family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and again Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 18, 2014