Patricia Ann Walker “Pitty Pat” Watson of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, where she had lovingly received care since December 2011.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bernice Wright Walker; her father, Harold DeFord Walker Sr.; stepmother, Tempe Livingston Walker; and a brother, Harold DeFord Walker Jr.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years, Richard Bruce “Dick” Watson Sr. of Cleveland; five children: Annelle Watson Hines of Garland, Texas, Richard Bruce Watson Jr., of Piperton, Walker Hall Watson of Franklin, Lucretia Watson Horner of Cleveland, and Clayton Wright Watson, of New Bern, N.C.; a brother, Dr. Richard Harold Walker of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Tempe Walker Chancellor of Germantown; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was formerly of Germantown, Tenn., Highlands, N.C., and in recent years, Canton, N.C. She received a bachelor of arts from the University of Georgia. She was an elementary school teacher prior to becoming a homemaker and a bookkeeper for the family business, Walker Machine Products, Inc. which was located for many years in Germantown, and later in Collierville.
She was a devout Christian and a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland. Formerly she was actively involved as a member of Germantown United Methodist Church in Germantown, Highlands United Methodist Church and in later years, a member of Junaluska United Methodist Church in Junaluska, N.C.
She was a civic leader as past president of the Suburban Garden Club, the United Methodist Women’s Club, and the Germantown Women’s Club. She was also a member of the Germantown Heights Garden Club. She served these organizations in one role or another for more than 25 years.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, where she was an advocate for supporting lifelong learning opportunities for women, a member of the Oak Grove Hunt Club, and a supporter of the Germantown Charity Horse Show.
She provided countless service hours as a Pink Lady for a number of years at Methodist Hospital and as a volunteer for the Friends of the Pink Palace in Memphis.
She was treasurer of the PTA for M.C. Williams School, a Girl Scout leader, a sorority parent for Sigma Sigma, Beta Chapter, a fraternity parent for Sigma Alpha Omega, and a Lady Lion supporting her husband with Lion’s Club International while living in Germantown.
In later years she was a volunteer for Haywood County Meals on Wheels in Canton, N.C.
She was a world traveler. She and husband, Dick, traversed the country in their motor home for more than 20 years exploring all 50 states. They also vacationed in several countries over the many years together. In 1986, Pat and husband, Dick, retired in Highlands, where they became active hikers and hike leaders for the Highland Hikers Club.
She was passionate about nature, dogs, children, visual arts, and classical music. She was a prolific artist and a member of the Highlands Art League and Studio Live for more than 15 years. In the most recent years she made her home in Canton, where she continued to paint. Of late, she and her husband, Dick, made their home in Cleveland.
The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Broad Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Debbie Stokes and Pastor Randy Martin officiating.
Interment will be held at the Lott Cemetery in Waycross, Ga., on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Dwayne Smith officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church prior to the service.
The family extends appreciation to the staff of Bradley Healthcare and Rehab Center for their loving tender care of Pat.
The family suggests memorials be made to Broad Street United Methodist Church, PO Box 3, Cleveland, TN 37364 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive Suite 8, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Watson family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.