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Arnold Lee Watson dies at 71



Arnold Lee Watson, 71, died June 20 at his home in McRoberts.

A son of the late Ernest and Ada Barnett Watson, he was the father of the late Arnold Lee Watson Jr., and was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Tiannah.

He made birdhouses as fundraiser for veterans.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley June Anderson Watson; two sons, Scotty Lee Watson and wife Crystal of Isom, and Tim Sparks and wife Sandy of Shelby Gap; three daughters, Diane Watson Anderson and husband Greg of Deane, Luanne Watson Ison and husband Billy of Isom, and Kathy Meade and husband Winston of Neon; three brothers, Bill Watson of Isom, Jr. Watson of London, and Raymond Watson of Detroit, Mich.; a sister, Lucille Sexton of Isom; six grandchildren, Aaron Anderson and wife Kelly, Dustin Ison, Derek Meade and wife Emily, Courtney Tackett and husband Justin, Cameron Blair and wife Briley, and Sherry Rose and husband Scott; and six great-grandchildren, Tinisha, Tikaley, Shadyn, Destinee, Mylee and Sierra.

Funeral services were held June 22 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in McRoberts Cemetery.



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