David Frank Watson, Sr.

David Frank Watson, Sr.

Suffolk, VA
09.10.1931 - 01.04.2021
Served in the
Air Force

David Frank Watson, Sr., died January 4, 2021 at his home with family by his side. He was the son of the late Clemmie Mintz and Ronald Lee Watson.

Dave was retired after 23 years from the military serving both in the U.S. Army and the Airforce. He served during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he worked for Mobil Oil Co. for twenty years. Following his second retirement, Dave became a Flight Instructor running and operating Dave Watson’s Aviation at the Suffolk Airport teaching others to fly up until his 80th birthday.

He is survived by his wife Mary; sons David Watson (Melissa), Dudley Watson (Sheleah), Dwayne Watson (Tonya), and Greg O’Berry (Marian); daughter Cindy VanderBerg (Paul); and grandchildren Alana, Kelsey, Johnathan, Justin, Tara, Eurica, Ean, Emmet, and George.

A graveside service with military honors will be conducted on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11 AM in Hollywood Cemetery in Newsoms, VA. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk VA 23434. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com

Cemetery with full Military Honors
Start Time
End Time

Hollywood Cemetery
Rt. 672 Old Chapel Rd
Newsoms, VA 23874
United States


I had the pleasure of knowing Dave and his family for many years. He took me up many times in his airplane and I loved it.

Sending love to his family and wishing I was there. 

Sara Carter

I had the great pleasure of knowing Dave for many years. He was both a wise and measured person I respected greatly. He was best known for his jovial and genuinely friendly demeanor and wise council. He was a great Pilot, friend and good soul. May he Rest In Peace, at the right-hand of our Lord...

We will miss you Dave, until another day... Your friend and fellow Pilot... Roger

Roger Leonard

Dave was a great friend. He was my instrument and commercial instructor. I bought my first airplane from him many years ago. You will be missed my dear friend. Rest In Peace and blessings to Mary and your family.

Mark Farris

Our deepest sympathy to Mary and family.

Terry and Irma Mottley

Mrs. Watson, Cindy, Gregg & Family our prayers are with you all for strength in the days to come. Hopefully Being together now to share the good times and wonderful
memories you have all shared will help.

Jackie & Eddie White

Jackie & Eddie White

Mary, I miss you and will be praying for you during the coming days. I viewed the service on-line and what a beautiful tribute to Dave. May God give you peace and strength. Love, Cheryl

Cheryl Taylor Powell

Dave was one of the very finest people I've had the good fortune to know. Kind. Generous. Honest. Every memory I have of Dave is a good, cherished memory. Mary and all of us were blessed to have had Dave in our lives. My sincere sympathy to you, Mary. I wish you strength and peace now, until you'll see Dave again.

Bob Fiegl

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