Kermit Watson, age 79, of Quail Court, Lenoir, a native of Watauga County, passed away Thursday morning, January 11, 2018, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

Kermit was born October 18, 1938 in Watauga County, a son of the late Arnold and Mae Miller Watson. He was a retired lift truck mechanic for General Motors in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was employed for 32 years. Kermit and his wife moved to Lenoir in September of 1990 and went to work for A.P. Anderson Rentals as a maintenance contractor for 25 years. He was an avid bowler, loved his 1959 and 1960 Ford Thunderbirds, as well as camping, fishing, watching westerns, and Nascar.

Kermit truly loved his family, his grandchildren, and his black Pug, Smokey.

Kermit is survived by his wife Judy Cooper Watson of the home; two daughters, Tammy Dudman and husband Richard of Lenoir, and Louise Gandziarski and husband John of Yorktown, Virginia; his grandchildren, Tiara Cleary and fiance Ryan Kreidler of Oil City, Pennsylvania, Kayla Ferroni and husband Josh of Rocky River, Ohio, Dakota Dudman of Lenoir, Hannah Nelson of Yorktown, Virginia, and Emily DeLuca of Yorktown, Virginia; his great-granddaughter, Evelyn L. Ferroni of Rocky River, Ohio; his surrogate daughter, Debbie Messer and husband David of Lenoir, and two sisters, Reta Potter and husband Wayne of Deep Gap, and Nova Greene of Vilas. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Arthel "Doc" Watson.

Funeral services for Kermit C. Watson will be conducted Saturday morning, January 20, 2018, at 11:00 o'clock, at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Andy Watson and Reverend Charles Bristle. Burial will follow, at 2:00 o'clock, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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