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Flint Groves Baptist Church
Wednesday July 13th, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Flint Groves Baptist Church
Thursday July 14th, 2016
4:00pm

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Richard "Tommy" Watson

Richard "Tommy" Watson, 58, passed away July 11, 2016, at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.
Mr. Watson was born in Iredell County on Oct. 2, 1957, to the late Charles Edward and Winnie Alene Stowe Watson.
He was an employee of Freightliner in Mt. Holly with over 38 years of service and also served in the US Army Reserves for over 13 years. Tommy was known as the "Racing Legend" with race fans from Lenoir, Hudson, and Gastonia. He loved dirt track racing and was founder of Tommy Watson Race team at Carolina Speedway. He was a member of Mt. Holly Masonic Lodge #544, AF & AM. He was with the Drum and Bugle Corp. Tommy loved his family and had a special bond with his grandchildren. He was compassionate, giving, and loving.
Survivors include his wife, Iris Patterson Watson of Belmont; children, Jessica Keever (Brian) and Ashley Stiles; brother Bill Sloan and sister, Beth Dotson; grandchildren, Matthew, Jack and Houston; nieces Janet and Julie; and his adopted sisters Jane and Patty Perkins. He is also survived by his Freightliner family and his racing family.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Flint Groves Baptist Church, 2017 E Ozark Ave, Gastonia, NC.
Funeral services to celebrate Tommy's life will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Flint Groves Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bensonfuneralservices.com.


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I am so sorry to just hear of Tommy's passing. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family members and friends. I am glad that I knew Tommy.

Darrell Page
Midland, NC

DARRELL PAGE Jul 28 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Watson

My "Watson" Rest in Peace. Jul 16 2016 12:00 AM

Iris, I have never met you, but knew (Watson) very well. Watson & Mike Carpenter lived on Woodlawn Ave in Belmont together. I moved in with Mike & finally 1 yr later Mike & I got married. Those boys had there good times in the shop behind the house . The first time I meet Watson was at Possum Hollar in York, SC. Him and Mike was down there drinking a beer and Mike sent Watson over there to ask me to dance because Mike wanted me to dance with him. Watson & I went out on the dance floor and started to dance and Mike came and butted in & from that night on Mike & I was together. I know you are aware that Mike passed 1 year ago last Feb 28. I feel your pain. I miss him so bad. I still remember the good times and the bad. But the good out weighted the bad. May the Lord give you comfort, strength & peace. Mike & Watson are in heaven talking car stuff & when the next race was going to be & if the car was ready. They were the best of friends. Take care of yourself " Watson" would want you too. You will re-unite again one day.

Margaret (Ann) Carpenter Ingram Jul 16 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jul 14 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Watson

JoAnn Stainback Jul 14 2016 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace you will be missed.

JoAnn Stainback Jul 14 2016 12:00 AM

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God Bless all and help to ease the loss of this amazing man. Love JoAnn from Kissimmee

Expression of Sympathy Jul 14 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Watson

Rebecca McSwain Ervin Jul 14 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jul 13 2016 12:00 AM

Mam O man words can hardly sum up all the years of laughs, picking and watching Tommy race. He's in the winners circle now for sure. Condolences to all his family and friends. RIP

Walt Hillyer Jul 13 2016 12:00 AM

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