Rev. David Ezekiel Watson, resident of McMinnville, died Nov. 4 following an extended illness.
Rev. Watson was born Oct. 15, 1932 in DeKalb County and was the 10th child of Rev. Frank Lee and Eula Bond Watson. He was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister for 52 years, a member of Murfreesboro Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and served his country with the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Mary Leota Holder Watson; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Janet Watson, one granddaughter Riley Watson, all of Hillsboro; one daughter and son-in-law, Lorie Elizabeth and Jimmy Reedy; three grandsons Zeke and wife Heather Reedy of Murfreesboro, Rush Reedy and daughter Kambree Merritt, and Briar Reedy, all of McMinnville; one sister Francis Billings; brothers, Paul Watson and Morris Watson of McMinnville, and Johnny Watson of Dyer. Several nieces, nephews, family members and friends also survive.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Leigh Watson; four sisters, Doris Watson of Smithville, Virgle Mai Adcock of McMinnville, Anna Stinnett of Fairmont, Ind., Rebekah Lemons of Jackson; and brothers, John Lee Watson, James A. Watson, Charles Loren Watson, George Watson and Lillard Watson, all of Smithville, Aaron L. Watson of Hot Springs, Ar., and James Charles (J.C.) Watson of McMinnville.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Daryl Alhart, Rev. Johnny E. Watson, and Morris V. Watson will officiate. Interment will follow at Blues Hill Cemetery. The Watson family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., and again on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Memphis Theological Seminary or to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 6, 2013