Linda Lambeth Watson

May 14, 1939 ~ February 16, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Linda Watson Obituary

Linda Olive Lambeth Watson of Red Springs, NC, a loving wife, daughter, sister, and aunt, passed away on February 16, 2024, at the age of 84.  She was born at Thompson Memorial Hospital in Lumberton, Robeson County, NC on May 14, 1939.  Linda was preceded in death by her parents David Thomas Lambeth III and Anna Hotz Freeman Lambeth, by her sisters Jean Anne Lambeth Sutton (William Hobbs Sutton) of Wilmington, NC, and Corinne Lee Lambeth Edmunson (William Carlyle Edmundson) of Vass, NC, and by her nephews Stuart Lambeth Edmundson and David Thomas Lambeth V (Sherri Patrick).

She is survived by her husband Malcolm [Mac] McEachin Watson of the home, sister Nettie Tomlinson Lambeth Holmberg Noble (Charles Arthur Holmberg/George Noble) of Statesville, NC, brother David Thomas Lambeth IV (Silvia Cain/Diana Quick) of Cary, NC.  She was also survived by 3 nieces, 6 nephews, 9 great-nephews, and 6 great-nieces.

Linda's father had worked with, trained, and shown horses almost his entire life.  In 1941, he established Davanna Stables in Lumberton, where Linda grew up spending most of her time.  She began to ride at two years old.  She showed everything from walking horses and ponies to Quarter horses and Arabians.  Linda began judging horse shows with her father in the ECHO and Border Belt circuits, serving as either Ring Master or assistant judge.  She developed a reputation in North Carolina and South Carolina for being a fair objective judge of open shows of multiple breeds.  She also competed in carriage driving with her husband Mac.  The two of them bred, foaled, and raised Quarter horses, Arabians, and half Arabians at the stable in Lumberton and at their farm in Red Springs that they named Davanna Farm with permission from her father to use the name.

It has been said that a person is entitled to one good horse and one good dog in their lifetime.  Although Linda bred and raised many good horses, her favorite was the Arabian Mare “Davanna Del Rey” by “Ansata El Reyhan” out of “Del Tiffany”.  Her favorite dog was Woody, a Jack Russell terrier given to her by Johnny Woodard.

Linda was a graduate of Lumberton High School.  She attended Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro) and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Pembroke State College (now UNC-Pembroke).  She taught her first year at Fort Bragg Schools and for the remainder of her career at Tanglewood School in Lumberton, NC, where a fellow teacher was quoted as saying "If you had one of Linda's former students, you did not have to worry about their ability to read".  Linda delighted in teaching first and second grade students and would often say “It was the most wonderful feeling when a student realized they had learned how to read”.

One of her friends said, “If Linda was your friend, she was a person you could trust with anything.”

Mac's mother and his sister Harriett picked Linda out for him when they observed her at Mrs. Power's Dress Shop in St. Pauls, NC.  They came home and told him about this cute, wonderful girl they had seen.  He called her up and asked her for a date, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Dating led to marriage on the afternoon of January 22, 1977, at the Chestnut Street Methodist Church in Lumberton, NC, when the outside temperature was 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Linda was a past member of Chestnut Street Methodist Church in Lumberton, NC, The NC Arabian Horse Association, The Arabian Horse Registry, The American Quarter Horse Association, Moore County Driving Club, American Driving Society, The Border Belt Horseman’s Association, and the L.A. Supper Club.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 09, 2024, in Alloway Cemetery 837 Watson Farm Road, Red Springs, NC with Chaplain Gregory Williamson officiating.  Immediately following the graveside service, a Gathering will be held at Highland Academy, 200 N. College Street, Red Springs, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, or to a charity of your choice.


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Graveside Service
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Alloway Cemetery

Gathering of Family and Friends
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Highland Academy
200 N. College Street
Red Springs, NC 28377


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