Violet Kerr Watson, 96, elementary school teacher who succeeded with challenging children

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Violet Kerr Watson, of Williamsburg, died peacefully in her sleep on July 31, 2015, at the age of 96.

She was born and raised in Mooresville, North Carolina. She received an A.B. degree in elementary education from Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, North Carolina in 1939 and taught for three years. She then was personnel director at Fort Eustis while earning a business administration degree at Hampton Roads Business College in Newport News.

After seven years of work in business, she returned to teaching for two years in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While in Red Springs, North Carolina, Violet met and married Neill Pat Watson Jr. They enjoyed dancing swing and cheering for the North Carolina State basketball team when they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Violet was a distinguished teacher. After she and her husband settled in Raleigh she taught elementary school there for 25 years. She had an outstanding reputation as a teacher who could succeed with the most challenging children. She was able to see each child’s strengths and she encouraged them all to pursue their interests.

Violet did the same for her son and four grandchildren. Her gratitude for her life affected everyone who knew her. When Violet retired, she traveled the world, visiting every continent, before moving to Williamsburg. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Red Springs, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina and Williamsburg. She was a positive and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She leaves behind her son, Neill Pat Watson III; four grandchildren, Anna Cory-Watson, Damon Cory-Watson, Adam Watson and Gavin Watson; and great-granddaughter, Violet Costello.

The family will hold a private service in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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