Banner Davut Watson passed suddenly of cardiac arrest on March 17, 2018 in Turkey. He was born on May 6, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. Banner was the son of Forrest and Karalyn Watson, and older brother to Aslan (3) and River (4mos).
Banner was a vibrant, energetic first grader who had an incredible thirst for knowledge and relished being the older brother to Aslan and River. He was inquisitive and emotional with a strong love for his family and friends. He was a passionate kid who enjoyed eating, running, swimming, reading, and more eating. He often influenced others, especially Aslan, holding them to the rules given by adults. He was most comfortable when he knew the schedule and had a written checklist of what to do. He loved talking about the names of kids in his classes, sharing anecdotes about his day (especially gym class), doing math problems out loud in the car with Daddy, having a snack after school with Mommy. He always wanted to learn more about the world around him, and constantly peppered us with questions about it. Some of his favorite things were his workbooks, his world map blanket, his Action Bible, his new kids CD player from Grandma, his Uno card game, and desserts of all kinds. Even in the last month, he had some of his beloved “boys nights” and “boys sleepovers” with Daddy and Aslan. We will miss his brilliant mind, his beautiful heart, his singing, and his huge presence in our lives. His spirit will live on in Heaven and with us forever.
In addition to his parents, Banner is survived by his grandparents, Paul & Susan Watson, Annette Amato & Mike Ware, and Peter Eide. He also leaves behind several aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be held on April 5th from 4:00-6:00pm at Candle Light Funeral Home- 1835 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228. A Memorial service to celebrate Banner’s life will be held on April 6th at 2:00pm at Grace Community Church- 8200 Old Columbia Rd, Fulton, MD 20759. A reception in the church atrium will follow the service. Burial will be private.
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