Donald C. Watson, 85, of New Athens, died Monday, Jan. 4, at Wheeling Hospital. He was born Oct. 17, 1930 in New Athens, a son of the late James W. and Gussie Cannon Watson. Don was the former owner/operator of the Sinclair Service Station in New Athens. He was a mechanic at the Consolidation Coal Co. Lower Garage, and an employee of the Ohio Department of Transportation. He served as an Athens Twp. Trustee for 28 years and was a member of the Flushing Masonic Lodge. He was a member and trustee of the New Athens United Methodist Church and a trustee of the Franklin Museum. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons: John Edgar Watson and Donald Ellis Watson; a brother, Richard Watson and a sister, Carolyn Ballog and her husband Frank. Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Anna Belle Nash Watson; a daughter, Margaret (Dale) Edwards of Cadiz; three sons: Dan (Carla) Watson and David (Penny) Watson all of New Athens and Dennis (Shannan) Watson of St. Clairsville; a daughter-in-law, Connie Watson of Hopedale; nine grandchildren: T.J. (Charlie) Edwards, Piedmont, Ohio, Ashley (Dan) Agin, Bloomingdale, Ohio; D.J., Derek, Daniel and Devin Watson, all of New Athens, Alexis and Drake Watson and Delaney Kemp, all of St. Clairsville; seven great grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette (Wesley) Nichols of New Athens; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-8 at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jon Little and Rev. William Burris officiating. Burial will follow at Longview Cemetery, New Athens, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Athens United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67, New Athens, OH 43981 or the Franklin Museum, P.O. Box 186, New Athens, OH 43981. The memorial guestbook may be signed at