ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — While Wiregrass residents gathered along the road from Dothan to Enterprise to pay tribute to fallen sailor Joshua Kaleb Watson, the largest outpouring of love for Ensign Watson was in his hometown of Enterprise.
Many citizens saluted while others held their hands over their hearts. Enterprise High School students flanked both sides of north main street while the hearse carrying Watson’s body drove by the entrance to EHS.
“He was one of our Wildcat Reps, which is one of our more prestigious honors we have here at the high school,” Principal Brent Harrison said. “Just a tremendous young man, a tremendous leader, somebody that had a lot of potential ahead of him. Unfortunately, he was taken from us.”
Watson is a 2014 graduate and then would head to the Naval Academy, graduating in 2019.
Several family members of those eight students killed in the March 2007 deadly tornado that struck the school also lined the streets to honor Watson.
A memorial service for Watson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Performing Arts Center at Enterprise High School.
Visitation will be that morning at 8:30 a.m.
The actual burial will be Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.