Watauga County and the world lost from this mortal plane yesterday a bright star and a most wondrous promoter, preserver, and creator of both Southern Appalachian culture and the shared heritage of humanity in the passing of Deep Gap native and life-long Watauga resident Arthel “Doc” Watson. With his inimitable flat-picking guitar style and distinctive vocals, Doc incorporated music ranging from the old ballads of the British isles (a staple of our region’s musical heritage), rockabilly, Delta blues and more into something which was distinctly his own and also, thereby, part of the world’s rich musical inheritance. He will be sorely missed, but we are most blessed to have had him among us for 89 years, and to have recordings of his music for ages to come. May his memory be eternal.
The air in Stoney Fork valley seems somewhat colder this day, the feel of the Watauga sunshine a bit less sharp
But the rocks and forests lift up their voice with sadness-tinged joy
That the native son has been born to new life eternal
Endlessly to hymn the Saviour whom so long he sang
Among the angels and ranks of the blessed.
Received this tribute to Doc through the web site:
From Susie Keeney Edwards on Doc Watson Statue with Flowers #
Thank you for loving us with your music! We’re forever grateful!