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the former WMC reporter and anchor who died last week of a heart attack.,womens Josh Malone JerseyBenjamin Watson cut his journalistic teeth in a TV newsroom during late-night trips to work with dad Ben Watson
"He turned me on to the business," the younger Watson, a videographer at WSB in Atlanta, said Monday. "He would bring us to the station when he'd do late-night cut-ins. We had free run of the newsroom."
The elder Watson, who left WMC in late 2015, was a Michigan native who embraced Memphis and still lived here in retirement. After a heart attack last Wednesday, he was transported to St. Francis Hospital and pronounced dead. He was 63.,Authentic Jake Elliott Jersey.
" Watson's son said. "Giving a voice to those who didn't have one. We learned our sense of servitude from him.","His ministry to the community was through journalismAuthentic Jeff Driskel Jersey
traits often crushed in the rush to get information first.,Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey,Friends and colleagues remembered him as "Gentle Ben" because of his kind and gentle nature
"We called him 'Gentle Ben' (because) he never swore or raised his voice..." Joyce PetersonAuthentic John Ross Jerseywho worked with Watson for 10 years at WMC>womens Joe Mixon Jersey, wrote on Twitter.
Added George Brown,womens Jordan Willis Jersey who also worked with Watson, "Great guy and colleague. People have nothing but good things to say,Authentic Josh Malone Jersey and that tells you a lot."
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Watson became a general assignment reporter for Channel 5 in 1986 after working for a TV station in Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Central Michigan University, and his son said he earned a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. Authentic Carl Lawson Jersey,
After his arrival in Memphis, Watson became a familiar face on local news and in the community, where he was a member of COGIC Temple of Deliverance. Among his many assignments, Ben covered the Million Man March. womens John Ross Jersey
Others in the Memphis community outside the media offered their condolences as well.womens Vontaze Burfict Jersey,
a communications specialist for Memphis Light,"'Gentle' was a good way to describe him in terms of his nature," said Chip Washington, Gas & Water Division. "But I knew him to be a Christian man who never forgot where his blessings came from. He supported me both inside and out of the newsroom after we had both moved on,Authentic Jordan Willis Jersey,'and I am a better man for having known him."
" Memphis Police Department spokesman Louis Brownlee wrote on Twitter. "He was (a) good reporter and an even better man!",womens Carl Lawson Jersey"So sad to hear that Ben Watson passed