James Donald Watson, Sr.

1895

James Donald Watson was born August 28, 1895 in Kershaw County, he was a son Thomas Wiley Watson and Lottie Moore Watson.

1929

On March 9, 1929, J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article Magistrates For Kershaw County Are Appointed.

On June 9, 1929, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article “Blaney.”

1935

On March 2, 1935, J. D. Watson was mentioned in the newspaper article “GOVERNOR NAMES COUNTY OFFICERS.”

1940 Census Information:

Head of household, James Donald Watson (44), his wife, Clemmie Eloise Flaherty Watson (44); daughter Minnie Grace Watson (20); son, James Donald Watson Jr. (17); and son,  Robert Olin Watson (11) owned a farmhouse valued at $2,500.00. It was reported at all family members were born in South Carolina. James Donald Watson was a Rural Police for the County, Clemmie Flaherty Watson kept house, Minnie Grace Watson, James Donald Watson Jr., and Robert Olin Watson were all students. 

1940

On June 2, 1940, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article “Returns to West Columbia.”

1941

On February 26, 1941, J. D. Watson was listed as a living son in the obituary of Thomas Wiley Watson

1942

On November 3, 1942, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article “West Columbia News.”

1948

n April 24, 1948, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article “Miss Grace Watson.”

On April 25, 1948, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article “Grace Watson.”

On June 10, 1948, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article, “Watson-Jeffers Wedding Plans.”

1951

On October 4, 1951, Mr. J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article, “Miss Hemphill Mr. Thornton Exchange Vows.

1954

On December 6, 1954, J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article, “Blaney High School Holds Homecoming.”

On December 19, 1954, J. D. Watson was listed in the newspaper article, “Blaney High Homecoming Queen.”

1956

On September 7, 1956, Don Watson, Sr., was listed in the newspaper article, “Blaney Schools Open Sept. 10

On December 4, 1956, J. D. Watson, Sr., was listed in the newspaper article, “Blaney Queen.”

1963

On October 26, 1953, Donnie Watson Sr. was listed as a pallbearer in the obituary of Walter C. Butler.

1964

August 30, 1964, Mr. James Donald Watson, Sr. was listed in the newspaper article, “Sutherland and Watson Wedding Set.”

1977

ELGIN – J. Donald Watson Sr., 82, died Friday in Providence Hospital in Columbia after a long illness.

Born in Kershaw County, he was a son of the late Tom Watson and Lottie Moore Watson.

He attended Kershaw County Schools and served with the U.S. Army during World War I.

For eight years, beginning in 1926. Mr. Watson was West Wateree magistrate. He also was a former Kershaw County deputy sheriff and served ten years on the Kershaw County School Board.

Mr. Watson was former chairman of the Blaney High School Board of Trustees and the retired postmaster of Blaney. He served on the Elgin Town Council for several years.

At his death he was chairman of the Social Services Board of Kershaw County.

Mr. Watson, a charter member of Blaney Baptist Church, served for 25 years as Sunday School superintendent and was a life deacon.

Surviving are his widow, Clemmie E. Watson; two daughters, Minnie Grace Watson and Mrs. Carolyn Ann Barden of Columbia; three sons, James Donald Watson Jr., of Elgin, Robert Olin Watson of Barnstable, Mass., and Steve Flaherty Watson of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Services will be 4 p.m. today, September 25, 1977 in Blaney Baptist Church.

Kornegay Funeral Home is in charge.

September 25, 1977  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
Page 37
Located in Blaney Baptist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Nelson McLeod

2013

On March 8, 2013, James Donald Watson was listed as the deceased father in the obituary of Ann Watson Barden

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