Roy Wayne Watson, 72, died peacefully in his home Monday, May 21, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones. He was a Norfolk native, born on July 28, 1945, to the late Wilbur and Gladys Watson. Everyone knew him as “Duke,” he was a US Army veteran who served in Korea during the Vietnam War. In 1971 he became a career firefighter, retiring in 2005 after 34 years of dedicated public service with the City of Norfolk Fire Department. He was a loyal friend, he enjoyed being a member of the I.A.F.F. Local 68, Firefighters Union, and the Knights of Pythias Charity 10.
Duke is survived by his bride of 46 years, Dale C. Watson, his wife and partner, who provided him tremendous care during his failing health. He was immensely proud of his two sons, Mike and Wayne, and considered their wives, Shannon and Stacy, his daughters, and his passing leaves a hole in all their hearts. His five grandchildren, Wayne Junior, Riley, Abigail, Ethan, and Jacob, will forever miss their “Pop.” Also to mourn his loss is his beloved sister June Tuck, whom he considered his second mother. In addition to his parents, Duke was predeceased by his three brothers, Jay, David, and Jerry; nephew Buddy Watson and sister in law Florence Watson.
Duke leaves behind many more family and lifelong friends, who will miss his dry sense of humor, stubborn nature, affection for daytime TV, and sharing stories and a laugh with him over a cold drink.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, June 2, 2018. The memorial service will be held at Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist Church, located at 210 S. Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Visitation with the family will be from 1pm-2pm, followed by a service at 2pm. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the I.A.F.F. Local 68 Norfolk Firefighters Union Hall, located at 5691 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norfolk Firefighter Retiree Fund, c/o the Norfolk Fire Department Federal Credit Union, 4100 E Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.
The Watson family would like to express their sincere thanks to the members of the City of Norfolk Fire Rescue Department, who have provided comfort, graciousness and respect for Duke and our family.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyerfh.com
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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