Archie Carey (AC) Watson

February 20, 1944 - May 27, 2021
Archie Carey (AC) Watson

Archie Carey (AC) Watson of Wilmington, NC passed on May 27, 2021 at home surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Watson is a native of Wilmington having been born at James Walker hospital on February 20, 1944. He is preceded in death by his wife Helen Hatcher Watson and his son, Alan Troy Watson. He is survived by his daughters, Gail Watkins (Wayne, Jr), Sonya Spivey (Robbie) and Alicia (Lisa) Larsen.

AC also leaves behind his sister, Carlene McKeithan (Don) and his brothers, James (Jimmy) Watson (Judy) and Sonny Watson.
He was the best papa ever to Wayne (Hot Rod) Watkins, III, Ashley (Sugarbear) Manypenny (Brandon), Aaron Larsen and Connor Alan Spivey. He was the loving great grandpapa to his ninja monkey Addison Watkins and Waylon Watkins. There are many special nieces and nephews that will miss him. We all have great memories and stories to tell about our time with dad, brother, papa and Uncle.

Archie was a long time pipefitter in the construction field. He retired from Federal Paper Board.

Private First Class Archie Watson was a wounded survivor of the Vietnam War. Being an Army Veteran was one of his most proud accomplishments. So many gave all to that war. Archie took his second chance and when he returned home he gave his all to all those that he loved and cherished.

AC was an avid fisherman with many stories. One story was verified with a citation flounder that he bragged about. One of his favorite past times was sitting on the front porch of Canaday’s Yacht Basin, where he had his own personalized chair and his home. Mr. Watson was lovingly referred to as “The Mayor of Middle Sound”.

Friends and family are invited to attend a funeral service to be held on Tuesday June 1, 2021 at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation with Reverend Billy Fowler officiating and long time family friend David Phillippi will be speaking at the gravesite immediately following the funeral at Greenlawn Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation with be 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Funeral to follow visitation.

The family would like to thank all of those that have visited, helped when we needed it and that continue to pray and love us.

Our dad was the man who loved us first and the man we loved the most.

Rest in Peace Popsicle — because you are too cool to just be pop!

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  • May 29, 2021
    Arlene Turner says:
    AC will always be my porch buddy, a true bionic man with a perpetual positive outlook . I will miss you and our conversations. Peace be with you, my friend.

  • May 29, 2021
    Arlene Turner says:
    AC will always be my porch buddy, a truly bionic man with a perpetual positive attitude. I will miss you and our conversations. Peace be with you, my friend .

  • May 29, 2021
    Taylor Moser says:
    I can count on one hand the amount of times I would come home (I lived across the street from AC) that he was not surrounded by his beloved family on that front porch. On the rare occasion he was alone I would often go over and have a chat. AC was such a laid back guy and so easy to talk to it felt natural from the first time I met him. I was not in the best place when I was living there, so my only regret is not spending more time chatting with him. AC and family always made me feel welcome and we’re the epitome of what a good neighbor is. He was a wonderful man and my family thinks the world of him. My heart and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • May 30, 2021
    Linda C Garris says:
    AC was an awesome neighbor! He watched all the comings and goings from his front porch. He was always the first in the neighborhood to decorate for Christmas, getting everyone else in the spirit. I can't imagine driving by his house without seeing him on the front porch. Rest in peace dear friend. Respectfully, Linda and Lee Garris

  • May 30, 2021
    Jimmy & Bea Eubanks says:
    Friends like AC are few and far between. It was an honor to have known him. We will miss you AC.