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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Watson, Cooke & Jones, P.A. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Watson, Cooke & Jones, P.A. is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Watson, Cooke & Jones, P.A. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Watson, Cooke & Jones, P.A. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

S. Annette Cooke, CPA


Annette is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She provides professional service in the areas of tax, financial statements, and general accounting and business consultation for small businesses. Annette has been in public practice since 1992 and obtained her CPA designation in 1997. She is a Charter member and past secretary/treasurer of the East Wake County Kiwanis Club. She served as past Treasurer of the Wendell Chamber of Commerce for ten years. She attends Central Baptist Church in Wendell and in her spare time enjoys softball, gardening, the outdoors, reading and spending time with friends and family.
State of Certification: North Carolina NC CPA Certificate Number 25297

Allison Y. Jones, CPA


Allison is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. In addition she attended North Carolina State University with a concentration in accounting which qualified her for the CPA examination. She has been in public practice since 1992 and earned her CPA designation in 1994. Allison provides professional services in the areas of Tax, Auditing, Small Business and Personal Consulting. Allison is married and has sixteen year old son. She attends Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield. In her time away from the office she enjoys travel and spending time with her family and friends.
State of Certification: North Carolina NC CPA Certificate Number 22594

Neil E. Watson

Neil is a graduate of Methodist College with a degree in Business Administration. He later attended North Carolina State University where he concentrated in accounting, qualifying him for the CPA Exam. His area of practice includes general accounting, income taxes, business consultation for small businesses, medical professionals, developers, contractors, manufacturers, and estate and trust administration. He is currently a member and Chairman of the Neuse River Advisory Board of Branch Bank and Trust. He attends First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield where he has served as Deacon, as Chairman of Finance Committee, and as treasurer for the First Presbyterian Preschool. He is a former charter member of the Smithfield Downtown Development Corporation and served as treasurer for ten years. He is married and has two grown daughters. He enjoys restoring antique radios, sailing, woodworking and building and flying radio control airplanes.

J. Lee Parnell 919-934-8452

Lee is a graduate of Barton College in Wilson, NC where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Gerontology. Upon graduation he attended North Carolina State University where he concentrated in accounting to meet all pre-requisites for the CPA exam and is currently a CPA Candidate. He is married with 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. His family attends Princeton Church of God on a regular basis where they are members and serve on various church committees. In his spare time he enjoys coaching youth sports in the community, spending quality time with his family, and watching sports on TV.

Sarah C. Ashley 919-934-8452

Gay P. Williams