Gene David Watson, 73 of Bristol, Tenn., formerly of Belfry, Ky., passed away Tuesday night, April 16, 2013 at Bristol Hospice House.
Gene was born January 14, 1940 at Van Lear, Ky. the son of the late Walter Aaron and Dialphia Spencer Watson. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Holsbach and Louise Dotson and one brother, Rodney Watson.
Gene was a retired coal miner with Eastern Coal Corporation and a loving son, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Survivors include his longtime loving companion, Linda Sampson of Bristol, son Trey (Wanda) Watson of Belfry, Ky., daughters, Lisa Watson Thornsberry of Bristol, Gena (Bucky) May of Canada, Ky. and Tia (Chris) Ratliff of Belfry, brothers, Jimmy, Richard and Mike Watson all of Belfry, Ronnie and Gary Watson both of Pikeville, Ky., sisters, Ollie Rowe of Virginia, Margaret Matney of Grundy, Va., Shelby Varney of Morristown, Tenn., and Janet Thacker of N.C., grandchildren, Kari Cook, Nathanael Thornsberry, Bryana Deskins, Cheyenne Thornsberry, Gabrielle Kevish, Tanner Daugherty, Destiny Trey Watson, David Cade Watson and Colby Daugherty; great grandchildren, Sarah Jane Cook, Mykaela Raine Cook, Jaxon Cole Estridge and Joshua Bentley Kevish and a host of loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky. with Chris Ratliff, Tanner Daugherty, Mike Watson, Bucky May, Joshua Watson and Jordan Watson serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Funeral Home Chapel with special services Thursday night at 7 p.m. with Jody Thompson officiating and Friday night at 7 p.m. with Mike Smith officiating.
R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.rerogersfuneralhome.com.