Article Published: Nov. 23, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 29, 2012
Rosa Lee Carlton Watson died Thursday at age 81, six
months after the passing of her husband, legendary musician Arthel "Doc"
Born on Feb. 5, 1931, to parents Gaither and Lucy Robbins Carlton,
Watson was a longtime resident of Deep Gap and died at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation Center
Doc and Rosa Lee Watson married in 1947, beginning a romantic
and artistic partnership that would span almost 66 years until his death May
"She saw what little good there was in me, and there was little,"
Watson said in an AP interview in 2000. "I'm awful glad she cared about me, and I'm awful glad she
The couple performed together on occasion and co-wrote “Your
Long Journey,” which was featured on the Grammy Award-winning album “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant
and Alison Krauss.
The Watsons had two children: Nancy Ellen Watson, who
still lives in Deep Gap, and Eddy Merle Watson, who died in 1985 at age 36. Rosa Lee Watson is
credited with teaching Merle his first guitar chords.
In addition to her
daughter, Watson is survived by three sisters and one brother. She also leaves behind two
grandchildren, one great-grandson and two great great
Hampton Funeral Service is assisting the Watson family, and
a full obituary and online guest book is available at
Funeral arrangements are incomplete as of