Renowned farrier Edgar Lewis Watson died peacefully at his home in Keswick, Va., on Dec. 20. He was 81.
Mr. Watson was also a professional horseman and farm manager but ultimately made his living as a self-employed farrier. He liked to claim that his profession was also his hobby.
He was an active member of the American Farrier’s Association, the Artists-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, and the Virginia Horseshoers Association where he loved to take part in teaching clinics. He always said he gained as much knowledge as he passed on.
Mr. Watson was honored to be a recipient of the AFA Humanitarian Award and to be inducted into the Anvil 21 Club and the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Redmon Watson, three daughters, Susan Sexton, Annette Binney and Sherri Minor, one son, David Lewis Watson, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Care Center of Martha Jefferson Hospital, 459 Locust Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22902 or the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.