Jesse “Jay” Wall Watson, Jr., age 68, passed away in Tallahassee on April 10, 2012.
Jay, the eldest of two sons, was born to Jesse Wall and Esther Whidden Watson in Bartow, on January 1, 1944.
Jay was an avid golfer who began to swing a club and play as soon as he could walk and hold a club. He even competed in the National Pee Wee Championship in Orlando at the age of five. Jay had been a member of both the Capital City and Killearn Golf and Country Clubs where he had many golfing friends.
After graduation from Madison High School, Jay attended North Florida Community College, Florida State University and the University Of South Florida. He served in the U.S Army Reserves. Jay provided service to the State of Florida working 38 years with The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The many who knew Jay will miss and remember his sincere and kind generosity, compassion for others, fondness of F.S.U. football and tailgating with the children and friends, calm contemplative demeanor and his keen wit. He would want us all to remember the fun times, play 18 holes of golf and then visit the 19th hole and have a party. We cherish the memory of the man, Jay, who has now crossed the links.
Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Jerry Watson. Jay is survived by his wife, Rosemary M. Watson; sons, Michael T. and his wife Kelly A. Watson and Kevin J. Watson; sister-in-law, Sandra P. Watson “Sandy” and numerous cousins.
A visitation was held on Saturday, April 14, at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. 32311. Services and interment were held on Monday, April 16, in the Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, FL.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make memorial contributions to Golfers Against Cancer, 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, Kingwood TX, 77339; Castaways Against Cancer at www.castawaysagainstcancer.com; the American Heart Association, 2851 Remington Green Circle, Tallahassee, FL, 32308; or a charity of the donors choice.