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Three steps to heaven: out of self, into Christ and into glory. Jimmy Lee Watson, took these first two steps in
life and lived a beautiful life in Christ. On April 18, 2022 he took the third step to where there are no
disappointments, only peace and joy ruled the land.
Jimmy Watson, the youngest of thirteen children was born on October 24, 1946 in Roberson County,
Fairmont, North Carolina to the late Sandy Watson and Lena Thompson Watson.
Jimmy at an early age accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Fairmont,
under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. Joy J. Johnson.
Jimmy attended school in the Roberson County Public System, where he graduated from Rosenwald Public
School in 1965. At Rosenwald, Jimmy enjoyed playing in the band. After graduation, he relocated and began
residence in New York.
Jimmy worked at various jobs but found his most exciting job as a Truck Driver. He travelled from the East
Coast to the West Coast delivering merchandise and enjoying all different sites from his great big eighteen
wheeled truck. From this occupation, he retired after 20+ years.
In New York, one can find many organizations to join, and Jimmy found his interest in the Masonic Organiza-
tion. He was a member of the Most Worshipful King Solomon Grand Lodge, State of New York, for over 40
years. He worked himself up from a Master Mason up to a 33°Mason. This membership introduced Jimmy
to "a new and challenging livelihood”. His most memorable accomplishment was when he was elected to
the position of "Most Eminent Grand Master” of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar.
In this position, Jimmy was able to orchestrate a way for the Knights Templar and the Lady Knights Templar
to be able to help young high school students with assistance in financial obligations, as they began their
first year in college. This was a very successful adventure. Jimmy’s main desire was to help make people
aware that giving and doing charity was something that anyone could participate in doing.
Jimmy was joined in Holy Matrimony to Earnestine A. Fitzgerald (Tina) in Fort Washington, MD by
Reverend Jacob Oliver Jr. on May 14, 2011. They both enjoyed travelling and tried to venture annually on a
trip to a foreign land to enjoy the people, the sites and especially the food. Whenever possible Jimmy
enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their many endeavors, and he was very proud of them.
After moving to Maryland, Jimmy bought Tina a 1983 Corvette, and a couple of years later he decided to
treat himself to a 2008 Corvette. Jimmy joined the "Southern Soul Corvette Club, however in 2021, he
changed him membership to the "Top Flight Corvette Club”. Jimmy’s car was a showpiece. He won several
trophies for the great looks of his "White/Red Wrapped Flamed” designed Corvette.
Preceding Jimmy in death were his nine brothers: Hubert Thompson, Johnny Watson, George Watson, Henry
Watson, Fuller Watson, Grady Watson, Wallace Watson, Junior Watson and Emerson Watson; three sisters:
Lillie Mae Watson, Clara Watson and Gladys Evans and a son, Anthony Davis, Sr.
Jimmy leaves to cherish his precious memory: his loving and devoted wife Tina, his mother-in-law Jerelene
Fitzgerald, Astoria, NY, his daughter Renea (Isley) Inman, Charlotte, NC, his sons Dwayne (Gail) Watson,
Roland, NC, and Anthony (Robin) Watson, Colorado Springs, CO, his step-daughters Cheryl Davis, Bowie,
MD, Nikki Smith, Fort Washington, MD, and London Sutton, Fort Washington, MD, 10 grandchildren and 7
great grandchildren. God-sons: Tyrell L. Ben-Avi, Harlem, NY and Kaleb T. Blackwell, Fort Washington, MD.
Along with a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.