Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lawrence Albert Watson Sr.

Belmont, NY - Lawrence Albert Watson , age 81, of 4157 State Route 244 passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center in Wellsville. He was born at home on the Watson Road on June 2, 1933 to Elmer E. and Gladys J. Cline Watson. On August 23, 1958 in the First Baptist Church Parsonage of Belmont he married Joyce C. Mitchell who predeceased him on April 3, 1982. On January 24, 1984 he married Doreen H. Marden who predeceased him in June of 2004 and on April 22, 2006 he married Bernice E. Whiteman who survives him.

Larry graduated from Alfred Almond Central School and began working on the Erie Rail Road in Hornell. He entered the U.S. Army in December of 1953 and served until December of 1955 stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. Larry moved to Wellsville in 1958 where he worked for Coca-Cola and later owned and operated the Tastee Freeze on the Bolivar Road.  In 1972 he moved his family to Belmont where he bought a dairy farm and began a 30 year career as a machinist at Dresser Rand. Larry loved sports and cross word puzzles and when he lived in Wellsville he bowled in the men's league, played fast pitch softball and later played softball in the church league. Larry was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont.

Survivors include his 3 sons, Lawrence (Zelda) Watson Jr. of Andover, Jonathan (Tamara) Watson of Severn, MD. and Aaron (Heidi) Watson of Branchville, NJ.; his 3 daughters, Annette (Philip) Brown of Franklin Lakes, NJ., Evelyn (Douglas) Jones of Largo, FL. and Gretchen (Mark) Greco of Warners; a brother Paul Watson of Belmont; 2 sisters, Ruth Watson of Olean and Shirley Morey of Hornell; a sister in law Joan Watson of Belmont; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 42 nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Larry was predeceased by his brothers James and Raymond; his sister, Virginia Tillman, Esther Watson and Phyllis Tincher;   a grandson LCP Donald S. Brown.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the First Baptist Church of Belmont. Larry's funeral service will take place on Saturday at 2 pm in the Church with Pastor David Jones presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in his name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. Dear Watson Family,
    It is with our heartfelt sorrow and prayers that we mourn your loss. May the Lord Jesus Christ be your strength and hope. Your dad is now at peace with his Savior. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    In the Name Above All Names,
    Bonnie and Art Olsen

  2. Dear Watson Family,
    Our heartfelt prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your father. May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be yours during this difficult time. We know that Larry is with his Savior now and at peace. We love you and are praying for you.
    In the Name above all Names,
    Art and Bonnie Olsen