Richard William Watson


Mr. Richard “Rick” William Watson, 69, of Atlantic, passed away Nov. 22, 2021, surrounded by his loving, devoted family.

He was born along with his twin brother on Jan. 28, 1952, at the Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox, a son to William Herbert Watson and the late Matilda Ann (Linton) Watson.

Rick is survived by the love of his life of 49 years, Cristy (Moyer) Watson; his two sons, Richie and Bradley Watson, and Bradley’s wife, Shanna, all of Atlantic; grandchildren, Austin, Brad, Braden, Lola, William, Waylon, Easton, and Carver; his twin brother, Herby, and his wife, Susan, of Pocomoke City, Md.; his younger brother, Jeff, and his wife, Debbie, of Atlantic; and several nieces and nephews along with great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was a 1970 graduate of Atlantic (Arcadia) High School in Oak Hall, and a 1972 graduate of Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C.

Rick was a dedicated member of the Atlantic Baptist Church and the Atlantic District Ruritan Club. Two of Rick’s greatest passions in life besides his family was his love of decoys and boating. The waters of the Shore were one of his favorite places to be.

He established Watson Gas in 1999 and it quickly grew into a thriving family business and he was so proud to work with his family on a daily basis. He was a devoted family man, devoted friend, and devoted member of his community. He was a kind and generous man and always met others with his friendly smile. Spending time with his family and friends was his greatest joy. His presence will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at the Salyer Funeral Home Inc., on Chincoteague Island, and a graveside service followed on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at the John W. Taylor Cemetery in Temperanceville, with the Rev. Maurice Enright officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Atlantic Baptist Church, P.O. Box 397, Atlantic, VA 23303, or the Atlantic Volunteer Fire Company. P.O. Box 207, Atlantic, VA 23303.
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