Adrian Wayne Watson
OCEAN CITY — Adrian Wayne Watson, age 83, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 13, 2014.
Born in Chincoteague, Va., he was the son of the late Windred and Estell Steelman Watson.
He is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Faye Watson, and children, Tony W. Watson and his wife Oulayvanh of Ocean City, Melanie J. Watson of Ocean City. There are three grandchildren, Kristin Watson and friend Pam, Kimberly Watson and friend Billy, and Kara Sherman and her husband Greg, and two great-grandchildren Kaya and Ava.
Also surviving are his sisters, Winnie Hicks of North Carolina, and Linda W. Bud and her husband Lewis Earl of Wallops Island, and his brother, N. Carey Watson and his wife Brenda of Wallops Island. Wayne leaves his close friends and neighbors, David and Patti Cropper, who were like a son and daughter to him.
Mr. Watson was a waterman engaged in the surf clam industry and owner of Watson Surf Clam Dock in West Ocean City. He was a lifetime member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department and Ocean City Life Saving Museum and active member of Taylorville United Methodist Church. Wayne was a man of great faith. God was very dear to him. After retiring, he enjoyed hunting, especially the rail season, and walking the marshes with beloved Folly and Quinn, his Labrador retrievers. He also was a talented wood carver whose award winning decoys were famous all over the Eastern Shore.
A funeral service will be held on Sept. 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Taylorville United Methodist Church. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Rev. Dr. Olin Shockley and Rev. Terry Fort will officiate with Rev. Bob Miller assisting.
A donation in his memory may be made to Ocean City Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box 27, 1409 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, Md., or Coastal Hospice P.O. Box 1733 Salisbury, Md. 21804, or Taylorville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 456, Berlin, Md. 21811.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.