Hometown: Owensboro, KY
Position: G Playing Height: 5-10 Playing Weight: 155
Date of Birth: March 22, 1930
Date of Death: January 31, 2017 [Georgia - 90 - 81 OT]
Legal Name: Robert E. Watson
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Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Tennis]
1950-51: All-SEC [First Team (AP)]
1951-52: All-American [Athletic Publications (3rd)]; All-SEC [First Team (AP)]; All-SEC Tournament
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Drafted in the 1952 NBA Draft by Milwaukee
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Obituary - Obituary for Bobby Watson, Glenn Funeral Home (February 1, 2017)
Bobby Watson, athlete, veteran, teacher and coach passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in Owensboro. Born in Central City, KY, a son of the late Clyde and Eleanor Childress Watson, he graduated from Owensboro High School in 1948, where he was active in ROTC, played on the football team and was a member of the basketball team, being deadly with his two-hand set shot. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Alabama but returned shortly after his arrival to enroll at the University of Kentucky, where he was initially a walk-on player for Coach Adolph Rupp. Awarded a scholarship the second semester of his freshman year as a guard, he went on to be named to All SEC First Teams and All SEC Tournament Teams, playing on the 1951 National Championship team. Named an All American, as a four-year starter, he was the fifth member of UK's 1,000 Point Club. The teams on which he played lost but 10 games during his career, was the last to play in the Alumni Gym and the first to play in Memorial Coliseum.
He played and lettered for the UK tennis team. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served during the Korean Conflict. During his service, he played for the Andrews Air Force Base Inter-Service basketball squad which won the Armed Services Championship. He played for the Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers in the 1954-1955 season, his career cut short by injury.
Returning to Owensboro he became head coach of the Owensboro High School basketball team in 1957, a position he held until 1980. During his tenure, Coach Watson's teams won 18 District Championships, 14 Regional Championships, and State Championships in 1972 and 1980. He was named 8 times as the Big 8 Coach of the Year and in 1980 as the Courier Journal Coach of the Year. Coach Watson was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, the Owensboro Hall of Fame, the Owensboro High School Hall of Achievement, the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the Owensboro Walk of Fame.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife of 60 years, Diane Hunt Watson; his daughter Shawn Watson Martin and her husband Gene of Naples, FL, his son Ted Watson and his wife Cissy of Athens, GA; and his grandchildren Hunter Martin, Haley Martin, Hannah Martin, Hunt Watson, Ali Watson, and Jessica Watson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Billy Watson.
The funeral service for Mr. Watson will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Private burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Western Kentucky and the Alzheimer's Foundation. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.glennfuneralhome.com