James R. Watson, CSA Veteran
The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
May 2, 1918, Vol. 22, No. 24
James R. Watson
Death Claims One of Dillon's Oldest
Citizens Wednesday Night.
Mr. James R. Watson, one of Dillon's oldest and most highly respected
citizens died at his home on First Avenue. Wednesday night after a brief illness.
Mr. Watson was taken ill while engaged at his duties at the Post Office a few days
before his death but his condition was not regarded as alarming until Wednesday when
he took a change for the worse.
Mr. Watson was born and reared in old Marion county being a member
of the large Watson family who which the history of Marion county is closely connected.
In 1888 when the town was first established, Mr. Watson was among the first settlers
and his residence on First Avenue was one of the first homes erected. He was in his
73rd year and served in the Confederate army during the last year of the war, being
assigned to duty near Charleston.
About ten years ago when the rural route was established Mr. Watson
was appointed carrier on route one and served the people on this route with marked
efficiency until prostrated with the illness that resulted in his death.
Mr. Watson was a faithful member of the Baptist church and lived
a most Christian life. He was a good man in every sense of the word and in his dealings
with his fellow man strictly observed the gold rule.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter,
Rev. J. F. Watson of Darlington, J. Frank Watson of Winnsboro, A. B Watson of
Rowland and Mrs. C. E. Lipscomb, of Dillon.
The funeral service was conducted at the residence on First
Avenue Friday morning by Rev. H. A. Willis and interment was made at Mt. Holly.
Transcribed by Helen B. Moody from microfilm at the Dillon Library, Dillon, South Carolina
Submitted by Helen Moody, 15 Sept 2003.