Dr. Jerry Samuel Watson Jr.

April 25, 1951February 16, 2017
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COLUMBIA – Dr. Jerry S. Watson, Jr., 65, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Northeast Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. George Crow officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service in the church atrium. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel is assisting the family. Born in Columbia, SC, he was the son of the late Jerry “Buck” S. Watson, Sr. and Virginia “Jennie” Osborne Watson. Jerry was a graduate of AC Flora High School Class of 1969 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clemson University in 1973. He was the top male graduate of his class. He was the owner of Dr. Jerry S. Watson, Jr. D.M.D. General Dentistry for more than 35 years in Northeast Columbia. Jerry was a Life Member of the American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association and the Greater Columbia Dental Association. He was a ruling elder at Northeast Presbyterian Church, where he served on multiple mission trips utilizing his dental skills to help improve the lives of many. Jerry was a baseball coach for more than 20 years with the Dixie Youth Baseball League at the Polo Road Baseball Complex where he led multiple teams to state championships and back-to-back World Series title games for the first time in their league’s history. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, and generously shared his passion of nature with everyone he loved. He was also an excellent marksman and fisherman. Jerry’s love of all things outdoors was eclipsed only by the love he had for his God, family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty one years, Renee Pruitt Watson; daughters, Sterling Watson of Columbia and Ashleigh Watson Closen (Eric) of Blythewood; sons, Jerry “Jes” S. Watson, III (Amy) of Columbia and Tripp Laursen (Britney) of Columbia; grandchildren, Camden, Tristen, Kylie and Jr.; sister, Jerva Watson Applegate (Rusty) of Irmo; nieces, Corey Lombardo (Anthony) of Chapin and Mandy Bloom (Bobby) of Irmo; great nephews, Nicholas Lombardo and Gavin Nix; great nieces, Anna Lombardo and Madeline Bloom; sister-in-law, Beth Williamson (Darren and son Alan). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 24, 2017
  • Visitation Friday, February 24, 2017

Dr. Jerry Samuel Watson Jr.

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Jim Treme

March 15, 2017

Loved him like he was my brother.Next door neighbor for years.He was always the same caring person.Jerva remembering you and praying for you.Love you. JIm


March 1, 2017

Dr. Jerry Watson was a great and humble man. He was a gift to the Northeast community and was dearly loved by many people. We are all saddened by his death. May our Lord be with you Renee and the family in the coming weeks.
Marilyn Wilson

March 1, 2017

Dr. Watson was my dentist for many, many, years. I started seeing him as a child and I have never been afraid. So many children and adults put the dentist on hold due to fear. I never felt that way. He was such a pleasant person and always made me smile. I am sorry for you loss. May you and your family treasure the memories you have with one another.
Christa Helms Wilks

Marcia Lindsay

February 28, 2017

I have known Jerry pretty much my whole life. He always joked around with me. He was an excellent dentist even though he referred to my small mouth as "challenging". He laughed when I said I was leaving his office to work on new cavities at Tiffany's Bakery and even gave me money one time to buy the petit fors I loved from there! I have missed him since his retirement but I know he is with the Lord and Mr. Buck. Love to Renee, Jerva, and all the family. Marcia and Scott

February 25, 2017

Renee, thinking of you and your family. Praying that you have the comfort of friends and family and the amazing Peace from our God. Catherine Dozier

Tom Barnes

February 24, 2017

Sterling, our love and prayers are with you today.Hold your memories close to your heart. Tom and Judy Barnes

February 24, 2017

I am sorry to see that Jerry has passed My condolences to the family

Gordon Johnson
Clemson University
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KA Brother

February 24, 2017

His Texas cousins send all our love and sympathy to Jerry's family and we are keeping you close to our hearts. Bill, Jerry, and Molly Henderson.

Donna Shull

February 24, 2017

Renee, I am truly sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Donna Shull

Keller Williams

February 23, 2017

Jes and family - We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family at Keller Williams is thinking of you all and sending lots of love and prayers.