Ray Watson was born in Hardin County, on Aug. 6, 1928, the son of the late James Alexander and Linnie Smith Watson.
On June 14, 1972, he was united in marriage to Geneva Lois Lambert, who survives.
Mr. Watson had worked for Brown Shoe Company for 39 years and was an assistant foreman. He was a life long Hardin Countian and was a member of the Walnut Grove Church of Christ. He enjoyed squirrel hunting, gardening and working in the yard. He loved being with his grandchildren and family.
Mr. Watson departed this life on Friday, Feb. 25, at the age of 82 years, 6 months, 19 days.
In addition to his wife, Geneva, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Renee Shelley of Savannah; a son, Steve Tidwell of Savannah; six grandchildren, Josh Tidwell, Matt Tidwell, Mason Tidwell, Jessica Shelley, Jamie Shelley and Kenny Watson; six great-grandchildren, Sydney Beth, Haden, Gracie, Malcom, Amber and Ashleigh; a brother, Murray Watson of Shelbyville, Tenn.; two sisters, Lucille Gattis of Fort Smith, Ala., and Ruth Blasingame of Pensacola, Fla.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Max Ray Watson; two sisters, Dorothy Berryhill and Robbie Thomas.
Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, with Keaton Franks, R.L. Qualls, David Dowdy officiating. Burial was in the Memory Gardens at Savannah.