Richard Frazier Watson, 76, died on March 7, 2023, after a lengthy illness. He was born on October 1, 1946, to the late Harmon S. Watson and the late Goldie J. Smith.
He is preceded in death by his brothers John H. Watson, Phillip L. Watson, Michael E. Watson and Carl Miller.
Richard is survived by his wife Rosario Martinez, children Myleka Bell, Safak Richard Mete, Gabriel (Krystal) Martinez, Aldo (Dallas) Martinez, Jessica Martinez, Adriana (Edward) Ramirez, Gloria (Maccabee) Memmen, Jennifer Martinez and Daniel (Marsha) Martinez, siblings Harmon S. Watson, Angela Watson-Savage and Benjamin Jackson. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Richard was the third son of six children and he was raised and educated in the Baltimore, Maryland Public School System, graduating from Carver Vocational High School, where he gained a passion for cooking as a trade.
Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968, where he served as a Chief Cook at locations such as Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Polk, LA., countries Turkey and Germany, and Fort Hood, TX., where he retired Honorably after 23 years of dedicated service.
Richard enjoyed spending time with family and friends. As a young boy, Richard worked as a caddy at Carroll Park Golf Course in Baltimore, where his uncle, Walter “Chink” Stewart, was the golf professional. Chink taught Richard the game of golf, which he enjoyed, and he played on various golf teams and in many tournaments at home and in the military.
Visitation was held on Monday, March 13 at Peters Funeral Home from 4 to 9 p.m. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla.