Smithfield: Obituaries

William Lynn Watson, Jr.

On March 14th, 2017 my brother and only sibling died unexpectantly. William, called Bill or Billy, was born on July 24th, 1949 in Smithfield, N.C. He was preceded in death by his father, William Lynn Watson, Sr. and his mother Mildred Watson Williams (Bell), residing in Smithfield at the time of their deaths. After his graduation from Haverford College, Haverford Pennsylvania he returned to Washington, DC where he began his professional life as a journalist. Initially working for the Afro-American newspaper. He purchased his childhood home in Washington, DC and lived there until his untimely death. Bill was a scholar, a writer, an artist, community activist, businessman and committed friend. He will forever be missed by those who knew him and whose lives he touched. He is survived by his sister, Lasaundra Watson-Legate, many cousins, aunts and uncles and a host of friends.