He attended Berkeley County public schools in Moncks Corner, graduating from Berkeley High School in 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1970 from the University of South Carolina. He attended U.S.C. School of Law and received his juris doctrate in 1973.
After graduation Judge Watson returned to Moncks Corner to practice law with his close friend R. Markley Dennis, Jr., in the law firm of Senator Rembert C. Dennis and R. Markley Dennis, Sr. In November of 1981, he co-founded the law firm of Watson and Creech, which later expanded to Watson, Creech, Tiencken and West. While practicing law, he was very involved with his community; coaching youth league baseball and basketball. He was an active member of the Lions Club (Past President), Sertoma Club and other organizations. He served on the Town council for the Town of Moncks Corner.
During his practice of law, he served as Assistant Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and as Town Attorney for the Town of Moncks Corner. Judge Watson has been a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association, Past President of the Berkeley County Bar, as well as a member of the Trial Lawyers Association. He has been admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts and the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Since 1973 Judge Watson has actively practiced law until his appointment to the office of the Master-In-Equity for Berkeley County on September 1, 2002, when it became a full-time position.
He has been married to the former Elizabeth A. Robuck, since August 22, 1970. They have four children, the late Robert E. Watson, Jr., Erin Watson Cohen, John M. Watson and Virginia A. Watson. The Watsons live in Pinopolis, South Carolina, and enjoy their family, fishing, hunting, the lake and reading.
Judge Watson is a Southern Baptist
lay-speaker, Sunday School teacher and deacon.