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Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson
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Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

St. Augustine, Fla.-- A memorial service will be held on Saturday for retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson, who died on Tuesday morning.

He was a native of St. Augustine and served as a circuit judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1996. 

Judge Watson was appointed to the bench in 1977 to replace Judge Howell Melton. He was twice elected by his fellow judges as the chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, and he also served as the administrative judge for St. Johns County for approximately 20 years. He continued to serve as a senior circuit judge from 1996 to his death.

In 2008, the St. Johns County Courthouse was renamed in his honor. The memorial service will take place at the courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. 

Judge Watson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Pope Watson and three children.

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