David Clyde Watson of Fleetwood, NC, was born November 5, 1939, to parents Lee and Treva Watson.
He is preceded in death by his parents and 4 siblings. He leaves behind one daughter, Donna Robertson of Archdale, NC, two grandaughters, Haley Varner, and Christina Carter; two great-grandchildren; one brother Roy and Nancy Watson of Fleetwood, NC, sisters Gail Hilton of Granite Falls, NC, and Dianne and LTC (R) Calvin Brown currently residing in Huntsville, AL.
David is well known as owner of David Watson Automotive located in the Bamboo area from the early 70’s. His hobby of drag racing led to a NASCAR Cup Racing career that spanned decades with over 73 races won including major tracks at Daytona, Homestead AFB, Charlotte, and Talladega. He made history when his driver Shawna Robinson became the first female driver to win a major NASCAR sanctioned event. Her car and history are enshrined at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama. David interfaced and worked with numerous famous celebrities and racing legends such as Paul Newman, Marty Robins, Dale Earnhardt, Richard and Kyle Petty, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Tom Pistone, and many others.