James Donald Watson, Jr

1923

James Donald Watson, Jr was born April 6, 1923 in Orangeburg, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA, he was a son of the late  James Donald Watson and Clemmie Eloise Flaherty Watson.

1929

On September 8, 1929, Donald Watson, Jr., was listed in newspaper article “Blaney.”

1930

On September 7, 1930, Donald Watson, Jr. was listed in newspaper article “Children’s Party Is Given At Blaney.”

1935

On May 30, 1935, Donald Watson was listed as the Local Carrier Boy for Blaney of The State.

1948

On January 25, 1948, James Donald Watson, Jr. was listed in the newspaper article, “For Women Only.”

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

1951

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

1960

On August 7, 1960, Mr. Donald Watson, Jr., was listed in the newspaper article “Rose-Williams Marriage Vows Are Exchanged.”

On August 13, 1960, Mr. Donald Watson, Jr., was listed in the newspaper article “Miss Rose, Mr. Williams Are Married.”

1964

On January 1, 1964, Don Watson, Jr. was listed as a honorary pallbearer in the obituary of Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Branham.

1966

On August 25, 1966, Don Junior Wattson was listed as an active pallbearer in the obituary of E. H. O’Quinn.

1977

September 25, 1977, James Donald Watson Jr. was listed as a living son in the obituary of J. Donald Watson Sr.

1995

J. Don Watson Jr., of Elgin, former Elgin mayor and 1987 Elgin community outstanding Citizen of the Year, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 1995.

He attended Clemson College and was former mayor of Elgin. He was a member of Blaney Baptist Church, where he was past Chairman of the deacons, past chairman of the building committee, was an adult men’s Sunday school teacher for more than 40 years and deacon emeritus.

He was a former member of the Kershaw County Economic Development Board, a former board member of Kershaw County Palmetto Leadership, pas director of the Elgin Catfish Stomp and a past board member of the Kershaw County Board of Health.

Mr. Watson was a veteran of World War II, having served as an infantry captain in the European Theater, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a member of the James Leroy Belk Post No. 17 of the American Legion, the Lugoff-Elgin Water Board and Fairfield electric Trust. He was a charger member of the Elgin Lions Club and a member of the Elgin Advisory Board of First Citizens Bank. He was named Elgin Community Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1987.

He was first employed by the S. C. Law Enforcement Division as a lieutenant, then worked at Du Pont.  Upon leaving Du Pont, he was employed by the S.C. Industrial Commission. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after having served as postmaster for 22 years. Prior to that, he served as a rural carrier for 10 years. Following his retirement, he worked with Kornegay Funeral Home.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Felke Watson; three daughters, Donna W Hollowway of Columbia, Cathy Watson of Seneca and Lisa Watson of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Steve Watson of Lincolnshire, Ill.; two sister, Minnie Grace Watson and Carolyn Ann Watson Barden of Columbia: and two grandchildren, Jay and Jeff Holloway of Columbia.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Baleny Baptist Church, Conducted by the Revs. Lawrence  Dennis and Bill Yown, with burial in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be deacons of Blaney Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be past deacons and members of Mr. Watson’s Sunday School Class.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 tonight at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Blaney Baptist Church Cemetery Perpetual care fund.

Obituary Information:

Chronicle-Independent, January 23, 1995

Tombstone Information:

Located in Blaney Baptist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Nelson McLeod

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