Mrs. Joan Courtney Watson


Mrs. Joan Courtney Watson, 83, wife of the late George Melvin Watson and native of Onancock, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Born Sept. 17, 1935, in Deep Creek, she was a daughter of the late Preston Courtney and Della Ross Courtney.

Mrs. Watson’s life revolved around serving others — occupationally, personally, and spiritually. After many years of public service, she retired from Accomack County Department of Social Services. As a longtime member of Onley United Methodist Church, Mrs. Watson proudly dedicated her life to serving the Lord and her church. In addition, she served as treasurer of the Compassionate Friends of the Eastern Shore, a cancer support group, and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include her son, Steven Watson and wife, Barbara, of Bear, Del.; brother, Barry W. Courtney and wife, Frances, of Onancock; two grandsons, Matthew Watson and wife, Courtney, and Andrew Watson and fiancée, Kristen; great-grandson, Beckham, who brought a special joy to her life since the day he was born; nephew, Keith Courtney and wife, Kelly, and their children, Jacob and Olivia; niece, Barbara Anne Bernstein and husband, Joe, and their son, Joey; and her sidekick and fur baby, “Missy.” In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her son, Jeff Watson, sister, Carolyn R. Courtney, and her beloved dog, Snowball.

Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Charles W. Parks III officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418, or to the Onley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 98, Onley, VA 23418.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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