MATTHEWS, NC -- G. Stuart Watson, 90, of Albany, Georgia, attorney, avid camellia grower, Sunday school teacher, devoted husband, father and grandfather died Wednesday, December 15, 2011 at Horizon Bay Assisted Living Center in Concord, North Carolina, side by side with his wife of 62 years, Nell Martin Watson, who died less than twelve hours later.
Services will be held Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, GA, the Rev. William "Biff" Coker presiding. The family will receive visitors at the church at 9:30 a.m. preceding the service.
Stuart was born July 13, 1921 in Anniston, Alabama, the third child of Dr. Jerre Watson and Murner Garrett Watson and was raised by Annie Harrison Watson after his mother died.
He earned an A.B. degree from Emory University and a J.D. degree from Emory Law School, interrupted by the Second World War, where he served on Guam and in the Pacific theater in the Army Air Force.
Stuart moved to Albany, GA after law school to form the law firm Watson and Keenan with his lifelong friend and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brother Paul Keenan. The firm grew to be Watson, Spence, Lowe and Chambless, and is now known as Watson Spence.
He was one of the organizers of Home Federal Savings and Loan, which later merged with Georgia Federal Bank.
Stuart taught Sunday school for more than fifty years at the HTM Bible class of First Presbyterian Church, which was once broadcast on WGPC radio.
He adored and appreciated growing prize-winning camellia flowers in greenhouses behind his home of more than fifty years on Hilltop Drive in Albany. He was past president of the American Camellia Society and served for years on the group's Governing Board.
He was very active in Albany, serving as Chairman of the Dougherty County Democratic Executive Committee, Vice Chairman of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board, a member of Georgia Legislature representing Dougherty County for two terms, a past director of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the chairman of Albany chapter and Second Congressional District of American Red Cross, on the Board of Trustees of Deerfield Windsor School and as a past member of Anchorage Board.
Stuart also enjoyed serving on the State Board of Bar Examiners for five years, including one year as Chairman; and was a member Dougherty Circuit and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Georgia (Executive Committee, Senior Division) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (Member, State Committee).
Stuart married the former Nell Kerns Martin of Leesburg, Georgia on April 2, 1949. The couple had two children, G. Stuart Watson, Jr., an investigative reporter at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC and Elizabeth Watson Fort, a speech therapist in Cincinnati, OH, and seven grandchildren.
He is survived by two sisters, Lucy Jane Watson Saks, 100, of Houston, TX and Rebecca Watson Stubblefield, 88, of Birmingham, AL.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Albany, GA or the American Camellia Society.
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneral.net.
Heritage Funeral Home
Matthews, NC 704/846-3771