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Doris Virginia Ritch Watson

Mrs. Doris Virginia Ritch Watson of Bamesville passed away early Monday, January 6, 2014 at the age of 89. Daughter of the late Paul and Lily Mae Randall Ritch, she was born in Atlanta on February 28, 1924, the second of five children. In 1944 while residing in Thomaston, she met her future husband of 61 years, the late Forrest Albert Watson Sr. They married in 1946, and shortly thereafter moved to Barnesville, which they called home for the rest of their lives. Mrs. Watson was a devoted educator who taught English for 26 years. While teaching at Gordon Grammar School, she graduated Tift College in 1961 with a B.A. in English Literature. She then began her career as a high school English Literature teacher at Gordon Military College. In 1970, Mrs. Watson received her M.Ed. in English from Mercer University in Macon. During the 1970’s she also attended Cambridge University in England for three semesters, where she furthered her study and love of literature. In 1971 Mrs. Watson began teaching at R.E. Lee Institute in Thomaston, Ga. By the time she retired in 1985 Mrs. Watson had been chosen as STAR Teacher a total of four times and had been made Head of R.E. Lee’s English Department. Mrs. Watson remained an active member of the Barnesville community until her passing. A devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, she participated in the Church’s Circle III Club and Adult Bible class. Mrs. Watson was a founding member of the Azalea Garden Club and a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators. An avid bridge player, she was a member of numerous bridge clubs throughout her life. Survivors include one son, Forrest A. “Bert” Watson Jr. (and Marlys) of Zebulon; one daughter, Gloria Watson Chaffin of Barnesville; grandchildren, Annaliese Watson, Forrest Watson III, Charles “Chuck” Chaffin (and Pam) and Jenny Kelly; one sister-in-law, Florine Watson Harper of Richmond, Va.; one sister, Patricia Ritch Perdue of Ball Ground, Ga.; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Watson will be held Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dana Overton-Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Those who wish may view the memorial page and sign the guestbook online at: www.williamsfh.net. Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville was in charge of arrangements. 770-358-1678.

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