Our Staff

William E. “Gene” WatsonGene

I joined the “family business” in 1975 following my graduation from Virginia Tech. Initially I got to work with my grandfather, the agency founder, as well as my Uncle and my Dad. Over the years I have witnessed many changes in both our agency as well as the insurance industry as a whole. But the one constant has been the opportunity to be of service to my community. Today I am the principal owner and manager of the firm.

I am licensed for all lines of insurance though I tend to focus most of my time on the personal account needs of families. This includes home, auto, life and health products. I received the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1987 and am one of only a handful of designees in Central and Southside Virginia.

This agency was started with the motto “insurance that satisfies” and that is the approach we take. Being an independent agency means we can and do represent multiple insurance companies. This allows us to shop our clients’ accounts looking for exactly the very best match of needs as well as price. I feel a sense of satisfaction when I am able to provide the protection needed to our clients at an affordable price. To me that is the definition of “service that satisfies”.

I enjoy what I do and really like that this is a people business. I get to meet all types of people from all backgrounds of life. There is never a dull day in the insurance industry and that makes it both challenging as well as rewarding. I hope everyone will call and give me an opportunity to handle their every insurance need.

Email: gwatson@wawatson.com


Karren DeJarnetteKarren

Hi, my name is Karren DeJarnette and I’m married to Pearson and have three children,Adam, Kristen, and Nicholas. I’ve lived in Charlotte most of my life and reside in the Keysville area.

I started in the insurance business 2 weeks after graduating high school in 1977. I became licensed in 1979 and started with W. A. Watson & Sons in November 1980. I am licensed for property and casualty as well as life and health. Since that time, I have dedicated my life to the insurance business and this agency. I feel a great dedication to the agency and the clients we serve. I enjoy the close family relationship we share here

and consider my co-workers part of my extended family. The satisfaction of servicing our clients to the best of my ability gives me a feeling of great accomplishment.

I welcome your call and look forward to serving all your insurance needs. You may call me at (434)392-4177 or email at kdejarnette@wawatson.com


Melinda HanksMelinda

Hi, my name is Melinda Hanks, I live in Keysville, VA with my husband Robbie and four sons, Brian, Coty, Thomas & Ethan. I was born and raised in Farmville. My parents are Archie and Cecilia Dunkley.

I have been in the insurance business for 6½ yrs. I received my license in Life and Health back in February of 2005. In my past employment I dealt with insurance needs and felt like since I had a background in the field that it was something I should pursue.

Working in the insurance business has been a valuable leaming experience. I enjoy being able to help people with choices that will affect the rest of their lives. Working here at W. A. Watson is like working with family. Everyone is so helpful and friendly.

Customer service is what I take pride in. I’d like to help you with your insurance needs. So, please call or stop by our office for a quote or if you just have a question. If you would prefer email, contact me at mhanks@wawatson.com.


Teresa IngleTeresa

I am a lifetime resident of Cumberland County and currently reside at Cumberland Courthouse with mv husband Paul and two wonderful children,Lindsey and Bradley.

I started working in the insurance business upon graduating from high school in 1981 and have had experiences working for both a large company and small local agencies. I am currently a licensed Personal and Commercial Lines agent and joined the W. A. Watson & Sons Insurance Agency in September of 2000.

I enjoy working in the insurance field because every day I learn something new and with every customer, comes a new challenge, making sure their insurance needs are met. I take pride in my work and want to make sure that all of my insureds have the coverage that they need.

My co-workers here at W. A. Watson & Sons are more like my family and I could not ask for a better place to spend each work day. Please stop by or call if I can help you with your insurance needs.

Email: tingle@wawatson.com

Brian Ross

Born in Roanoke and raised in Christiansburg in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, I attended Radford University and obtained a degree in Finance and Economics in 2004. After marrying my beautiful wife we moved to Richmond where I began a career as a claims adjuster. Initially handling minimal property damage and comprehensive losses, I later moved into advanced litigation and high exposure risks. After nearly a decade in claims I elected to seek employement with a local agency so that I would have the opportunity to work closer with customers and insureds. Today I currently reside in the Richmond Metro area with my wife and two young children.


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106 North Main Street Farmville, Virginia 23901

434-392-4177 • 800-775-8350


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