Don Edward Watson

September 2, 1951 ~ February 19, 2022 (age 70)

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Don Watson, age 70, of Rutledge passed away on February 19, 2022.  Don was of the Baptist faith and a member of Bashert Baptist Church.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, JW and Ruth Watson; brother, Bobby Watson.

He is survived by his daughters, Nikki Waldrop (Jeremy), and Amy Saylor (Jim); mother of his children, Debbie Patterson; grandchildren, Mason, Maddison, Kynlea, Kaitlyn, Annie, Garrett, Kannon, and Josie; great grandchildren, Bella, Alex, Casey Joe, Wyatt, Lexi, Kaylee, and Cadence; sister, Jeannie Alexander; brothers, Thomas (Angela), Roger (Tina), Jerry (Wanda), Rick (Wendy); and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Special thanks to Don’s caregivers; Janice Ramsey, Cindy Miller, Debby Brown, Tonya Wood, and Chasity Warwick.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Smith Reagan Funeral Home from 5-7pm with services to follow at 7pm with Sean Watson and Darrell Walker officiating.  Graveside services will be Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 1pm at Grainger Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers; Toby Cornett, Garrett Brown, Mason Bailey, Casey Ford. Chester Wood, and Blake Wood.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donation to please be made to one of the following:

Tenn Crohn’s Foundation, 116 Wilson Pike Cir #205, Brentwood, TN 37027 in honor of grandson Garrett Brown


Epilepsy Foundation of East TN, 1715 E. Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917 in honor of granddaughter Bella Bailey.


Services entrusted to Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge,

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February 22, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Smith-Reagan Funeral Home
326 Water St
Rutledge, TN 37861

Funeral Service
February 22, 2022

7:00 PM
Smith-Reagan Funeral Home
326 Water St
Rutledge, TN 37861

Graveside Service
February 23, 2022

1:00 PM
Grainger Memorial Gardens
Rutledge Pk
Rutledge, TN 37861

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