Music legend Doc Watson buried in Deep Gap
Music legend Doc Watson was laid to rest in Watauga County late Sunday. The seven-time Grammy winner died last week after complications from a fall at his home. He was 89.
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DEEP GAP, N.C. -- Watson set the bar in the 1960s with his legendary flatpicking acoustic style.
Born Arthel Lane Watson, he mastered a range of genres beyond the bluegrass that propelled him on the music scene, but those closest to him say he was in a genre all his own.
"I always said he simply played doc," said Robert Doyle, Watson's companion on the road for twenty five years.
But he was not just the eyes for the blind musician, he was also one of his closest friends.
"Took him to the doctor, took him to the grocery store, when the battery was dead on his car, you know, we'd go get another battery, those kinds of things that friends do," said Doyle.
Sunday Doyle remained at Watsons side. he was a pallbearer at Watson's funeral, honoring the man behind the legend.
"He was just a country guy, he was just a mountain folk," said Doyle.
Hundreds turned out at Laurel Baptist Church in Deep Gap near Watson's home.
"I wouldn't miss it," said Pete Kelly, a friend of Watson's who flew in for the funeral from Rhode Island. He recalled his favorite memories with Watson who dedicated his favorite songs to him.
"He said it was for me, his special friend, 'Pete Kelly came all the way from Rhode Island!' and then he'd play it," said Kelly.
Though his music will live on forever for millions, the friend, father and companion he was will be held closest in hearts here.
"He really taught me to see, you know, it was just that way, that's the way he was," said Doyle.
Doc Watson will be buried at a private ceremony in a plot at his home, next to his son Merle Watson, who died in a tractor accident in 1985.