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Kenneth M. Watson

November 19, 1932 — December 18, 2023

Kinderton Chapel

Kenneth M. Watson


Kenneth McLee Watson, 91, of Clemmons, North Carolina, passed away on December 18, 2023. He was born on November 19, 1932, in Deep Gap, Ashe County, North Carolina, to his late parents, Grady and Rhoda Vetra Blackburn Watson. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his siblings, Benis, Grady Jr., Donny, Melba, and Geraldine.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ruby Watson, and their two children, Ed Watson (Beverly) and Sybil Watson Shumaker. He also leaves behind three granddaughters, Savannah Connolly, Emily Watson, and Whitley Nichelson, and five great-grandsons, Oliver, Felix, Emmitt and August Connolly, and Dean Nichelson; two special brother-in-laws, George Ward and Dale Johnston (Gail) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kenneth served his country faithfully during the Korean War by enlisting in the United States Navy.  He married Ruby Johnston, began a family, and founded the Cardinal Building Company, building 87 homes and many small businesses, including both homes he lived in with his family. Upon retirement, Kenneth entered the mission field, where he served our Lord by building and repairing homes and churches throughout the region and internationally, including the countries of Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

A beloved member of Clemmons United Methodist Church, Kenneth faithfully served in many leadership roles, including Lay Leader, Lay Delegate to Conference, UMYF Counselor, and the United Methodist Men.  He was also deeply involved in his community as President of the Clemmons Civic Club, a Cub Scout Den dad, Vice President of the PTA, a Jaycee member, and a member of the Christian Businessmen of Winston-Salem. In addition to his church and community work, one of Kenneth’s greatest joys was to go fishing on the coast with his family and friends.

Kenneth loved his wife, his family, his church, and his country and sought to serve all.  His legacy of hard work, faith, and dedication will continue to inspire those who follow in his footsteps.

A memorial service to celebrate Kenneth's life will be held on January 5, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Clemmons United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Clemmons UMC Missions (3700 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC  27012).




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Friday, January 5, 2024

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Clemmons United Methodist Church

3700 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012

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