Friends and strangers respond to Fayette man in need



Scott Brown and Bob Watson. Photo/

Christmas is the time for visiting with family and friends, and other things like exchanging gifts. And it is the time for acknowledging the truly important things in life. That Christmas spirit, the spirit of love, is present today among the friends of a longtime Fayette County resident, 80-year-old Bob Watson, whose needs have touched their hearts and propelled them into action.

Watson’s friends, such as Andy Steele and Scott Brown, have established a “Blessings for Bob” gofundme account for Bob Watson, to help with ongoing medical expenses, utility payments, food and other needs. The situation has improved since the gofundme post was first put online in mid-November, yet the needs that continue to exist are many.

Steele said Watson is diabetic, is living with the after-effects of colon cancer and in the past month, had a heart attack and experienced kidney failure that now requires dialysis.

Watson is on a fixed income and has no currently family involvement, Steele said.

Until Dec. 21, Watson had been living in a mobile home with no heat and a roof caving in, and with mold growing inside.

Brown and Steele just recently secured a 1993 mobile home for their friend, are currently acquiring needed furniture. Responding to the need, a local heating and air company has donated a furnace.

“You won’t find a more positive spirit, given what he’s going through,” Steele said Friday morning.

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