Mr. Connie Ray Watson, 79, of Pilot Mountain, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 14, 2019, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. Mr. Watson was born August 14, 1940, in Durham County, one of eleven children born to the late William Edgar Watson, Sr. and Alma Florence Nicholas Watson. Connie was a graduate of the 33rd North Carolina Highway Patrol Basic School. He began his career as a highway patrolman on April 1, 1965, and retired as a line sergeant on February 28, 1994. After his retirement, he sought the office of sheriff in Surry County and was elected three consecutive terms. Connie was a three-time recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award for his exemplary service to the citizens of North Carolina. He truly possessed a servant-minded attitude his entire adult life. His model of community policing and safety of the people granted him much respect. He was longtime member of The Elks, Millbrook Masonic Lodge #97 AF and AM in Raleigh, and an honorary member of Renfro Masonic Lodge #691 AF and AM. Additionally, Connie was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Pilot Mountain. He is survived by his wife, Mary Hinds Watson; his children, Dennis (Lisa) Watson, Angela (Glenn) Whittington, Bradley (Anna) Watson, and Jennifer (Randy) Pool; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Dot Watson of Durham; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Watson was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Marie Watson Brown House; and by eight brothers, William Edgar Watson, Jr., David Carlton “Possum” Watson, Linwood T. “Blue” Watson, Donald Kemp “Donnie” Watson, Sr., Larry Douglas Watson, Sr., Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Watson, William Phillip “Billy” Watson , and Luther Watson. A service of worship and celebration of Connie’s life will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy, with David Beal officiating. Interment will follow at Skyline Memory Gardens, with full Masonic rites conducted by the Renfro Masonic Lodge #691 AF and AM and NC State flag presentation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Thursday from noon until 2:00 PM at the Moody Funeral Home in Mt. Airy, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 20424, Winston-Salem, NC 27120; or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 818, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041.