Lewis Edwin Watson IVMarch 14, 1969 ~ February 26, 2018 (age 48)
Lewis Edwin Watson IV (Lew), age 48, of Raleigh passed away on February 26, 2018, following a courageous battle with ALS. He was born on March 14, 1969 in Lenoir, NC, where he grew up and attended Hibriten High School. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. While at UNCW, he served in ROTC and was commissioned upon graduation, later earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Lew had a deep love for his family, friends, community and God. He enjoyed coaching Pop Warner with the Wake Forest Titans where his sons played football and his daughter cheered. He was a charter member of Wakefield United Methodist Church in Raleigh where he served in multiple ministry leadership roles. He was a cherished member of the Wakefield community where he made lifelong friends. In addition, he enjoyed a 22 year career with Systel Office Automation in Raleigh where he established lasting relationships with much loved friends.
Lew was a wonderful husband and father and loved his family dearly. He is survived by his wife Leigh Ragan Watson, sons Luke and Matt, daughters Sarah and Lana, of the home; mother Jennifer Hedrick of Lenoir, father and stepmother Lewis and Ninette Watson of Columbia, SC, brother and sister-in-law, Heath and Crystal Watson (nieces Savannah and Carleigh) of Lenoir, brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Ann Grubbs (nieces Abby and Lily) of Youngsville, NC. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Hedrick and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Watson Jr., of Lenoir.
The family will receive friends at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, NC from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, March 2, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Wake Forest United Methodist Church. Burial to follow at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wakefield United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or the Building Campaign (3061 Berks Way, Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27614, online http://wakefieldumc.org/give/wumc-scholarship-fund/).