Obituary for Freda Gay Watson

Freda Gay Watson, a lifelong resident of Allisonia, Virginia, passed away on January 22, 2022 at the age of 81. Known to many as “Freda Gay,” she was born on April 30, 1940 to Trent Roy Smythers and Alta Ellen Alexander. Her life began in an old general store that her business minded father ran at the time in the tight knit community of Farris Mines in Allisonia, VA.

When she was just seven years old, Freda’s father purchased a farm that she would come to call home for the rest of her earthly life. It was at this special place that she grew up, built her home, had two successful marriages, raised her two wonderful children, and spent time with her grandchildren who loved her very much.  Freda married her first husband, Russell Stanley Watson on June 29, 1957.  They had a successful marriage of 41 years until Russell went home to be with the Lord on August 11, 1998.

On May 28, 2004, Freda married Edwin Leslie Beamer, who made the last 19 years of her life some of her most enjoyable and memorable.  Together, they traveled the country and saw nearly every state.  Freda and Ed were “joined at the hips.”  Where you saw one, you saw the other beside or not too far behind. Freda retired from Volvo after 27 years of service.  Freda had the most kind, loving, and compassionate heart and to know her was truly a blessing.  She never spoke an unkind word and was a devout follower of Christ.

Freda is survived by her husband, Edwin Beamer; son Brian Watson and his wife, Lisa; daughter Edwina McDaniel and her husband Dale; Stepson Allen Tabor; five grandchildren, Rusty, Robert and Adam Watson, and Tyler and Justin McDaniel; six great grandchildren; four brothers, Daris Smythers, Olen (Sharon) Smythers, Wendell Smythers, and Eugene Smythers; stepdaughter Tricia Frazier and her husband Bo; stepdaughter Sheryl Jarrells and Dean; five step-grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren. Many Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM – Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Ray Bolen and Dennis Trail officiating.  Interment will be at the Farris Cemetery, Allisonia.  The family will receive friends between 5:00-7:00 PM – Friday evening at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.