Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Kemper Reed Watson, age 79, of Thompson Street, Hendersonville, NC and a former resident of Boone, passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 5, 2014 in Hendersonville.

He is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years, Roberta Smith Watson, his children; Kem White and husband Joe of Watertown, New York, Robert Watson and wife Joann of Norman, Oklahoma, Kathy Norris and husband Kevin of Asheville and Kecia Morris of Hickory, eight grandchildren; Aaron White, Evan White, Kelsey Hobbs, Kellen Watson, Quentin Norris, Brandon Norris, Hannah Pletcher and Christian Morris, and three great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10 am at the North Carolina Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain North Carolina.

Memorial services for Kemper Reed Watson will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church in Boone, NC. Officiating will be Rev. Don Price. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Online condolences may be shared with the Watson family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Watson family.

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