Guest Book for Phagin "Notty" Watson

Provided by Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Posted by: Barbara Ann Sawyer
Sun November 01, 2020
Joyce, our love and condolences to you for the very sad loss of Notty. He was one of our favorite memories from our parks. You and  Notty always made us feel loved and welcomed to George L
Smith State Park. Love from Barbara Sawyer, Tracy, Kim, Valarie and Gloria, the region 2 office girls. You always fed us well!! Thank you for being the Best Couple!!!!!
Bill Fanning sends his love to you as well


Posted by: Ed Reed
Mon November 02, 2020
Joyce and Family,  I worked with Notty for many years.  He retired just before I became region manager, and I always regretted that.  He was a very respected member of the Parks and Historic Sites family, and he always had a smile and a good word for everyone.  I cherish a picture that I have, presenting him with an award at our annual conference on St Simons many years ago.  My best to you and your family.

Posted by: Steve and Wanda Currin
Mon November 02, 2020
Dear Don and Nancy, Steve and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr.Notty ! He was such a kind man and we enjoyed the times we visited with he and your Mom in your home over the years ! We pray for healing and blessings of fond memories for you and your Mom and siblings and other family members during this time . Love Steve and Wanda

Posted by: Denise Flanders
Mon November 02, 2020
Ms. Joyce, Bob and the entire Watson family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Notty.  He was such a joy to be around and he will surely be missed.  My prayers go out to you all.  Love, Denise Flanders

Posted by: E.T. Willis
Tue November 03, 2020
im sure sorryto hear about about mr WATSON MY CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY SONNY WILLIS.

Posted by: Deborah Sammons
Tue November 03, 2020
Got the sad news yesterday about my first Park manager Phagin aka Notty Watson passing away . Notty was short in statue but made a big presence when he walked up on that porch every morning and reported to work . Until the recent remodel at George l Smith state park there was a little porch and a porch swing at the office .  Every morning we gathered around hot or cold weather and swapped stories of local happenings and Notty always had a update of how the evening went on his 10:00 late night rounds there in  the park . Y'all I can't repeat many of those stories 😂 but I will tell you . So many times we all started out our work days with a belly laugh . I was the first female to be employed at GLS full-time. I had much clearing of certain calendars , draws full of good boys jokes to purge from that back office. I have 5 brothers and have always understood Southern men folks . Notty was a work horse and won many cleanliness awards within the park system on the standard that he sat for up keeping of GLS park . He expected much from his staff....but wasn't afraid to work too .  Not many park managers do the manual stuff anymore . He was made from a different cloth ....the stiff rugged kind . Being personable with that southern hospitality and Grin made him a favorite to the campers . After notty's retirement several of the old time campers really missed him and was very disappointed when he was no longer there . Notty couldn't handle the new computer system . He had to retire because he was required to comply . He was forever protected  from this new age thing . Notty seem to be  happy in his retirement situation . Every dog has his day... I've been told all my life . Notty Watson had his at George I Smith state park .  I know I witnessed it . He wasn't perfect but the park life suited him perfect . Love And miss Notty Deborah Brogdon Sammons