CHESAPEAKE — Perry Andrew Watson, 19, of the 400 block of Weeping Cedar Trail, died Sept. 2, 2001, in Michigan. Perry was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a student at Old Dominion University. He was employed by Don Pablos Mexican Restaurant and was a member of Faith Alive Ministries. Survivors include his mother, Tambria Watson-Gannon of Chesapeake; a brother, Brian James Watson of Chesapeake; maternal grandmother, Shirley Jordan of Virginia Beach; maternal great-grandmother, Ruby Dixon of St. Helen, Mich.; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Alive Ministries with Pastor Bob Groves officiating. Burial will be in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, where a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel, today from 7 to 9 p.m. Perry passed from this life to a higher adventure. Out of my loving arms to God’s, out of my life to be in his dad’s, the late Perry Alfred Gannon. There are so many I wish to thank. As I look upon the lives that touched my son the list is so long. There are some very special people I must say by name: Wilamena, thank you for telling Perry God loves him making his heart seek the angels at Faith Alive Church. Thank you for showing him the way, you helped him find peace he couldn’t find anywhere else. Chesapeake School System, Deep Creek teachers and staff, you taught and worked with my son helping him use that wonderful mind of his, enabling him to graduate with honors and achieve his dream of entering O.D.U. To the students, you saw past outward appearances and loved his heart. Mr. Histon you never let him lay there and veg, you put your heart and soul into keeping that brain going. Dr. Sue Lee, you took my boy in your arms from day one and showed me that Perry can dream, allowing him to realize he could be anything he desired.
To the staff at King’s Daughters: When I had no strength left, you did. Don, you always knew where to find his blood and not hurt him. Dr. St. Clair, you made his dream come true, you helped him to reach the highest he could, giving him the dignity he sought for so long. Perry, you touched so many, your life gave me the strength to go on, you taught me the meaning of love. Brian and I will always keep you close and live by remembering your adventurous spirit.