Robert Watson


Mr. Robert Joseph Watson, known also to many as “Mr. Bobby,” passed into the arms of Jesus on July 10, 2023.

Robert was born on July 31, 1944, to the late Thurlow Elmer Watson and the late Anita Ruth Watson.

Robert worked for Moore Business Forms for 28 years and then for the Town of Chincoteague in public works and as head of mosquito control. In addition to working for the town, he also helped his late wife, Miss Diane, with her nursery school, their plant business, “The Flower Pot,” and children’s choir where he was known to many as “Mr. Bobby.”

Robert is survived by his daughters, Anita Melissa Watson and Roxanne Thornton Bowman, and husband, Skip; sons, John Neal Thornton and Donnie Ray Thornton; two granddaughters, Dana Brooke Judge and Tara Bowman Mather, and husband, Ben; and one great-grandson, William Sebastian Mather.

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, “Miss Diane” Brooke (Reed) Watson; and a great-granddaughter, Sydney A. Mather.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Union Baptist Church on Chincoteague Island, with the Rev. Kevin Eley officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Chincoteague Police Department, 6150 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 to support the Annual Poker Run for the Kids.

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