James M. Watson Sr., age 64, of Neosho, Mo., passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Freeman Hospital, following an illness.
James was born on January 3, 1953, in Romulus, N.Y., the son of Donald L. Watson and Geraldine (Saunders) Drew. He served as an engineer in the United States Army, retiring following twenty-two years of honorable service. He was a veteran of Desert Storm. Following his retirement from the Army he worked for twenty-one years for Terminix.
He married Darcy Streeter on June 13, 1970, in Athens, Pa., together they raised six children.
He was a member of Peace Tabernacle Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and anything that happened outdoors. He loved watching westerns and Chuck Norris movies. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Darcy Watson, Neosho; six children, Tammy Webb and husband, Tim, Joplin, James M. Watson Jr. and wife, Yvonne, Hampton, Va., Scott Watson and wife, Darlene, Athens, Pa., Brent Watson and wife, Angela, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Erica Watson, Neosho, and Dustin Watson and wife, Casey, Neosho; his mother, Geraldine Drew, Crocker, Mo.; one brother, Carl Stanton, Neosho; three sisters, Debbie Watson, Crocker, Bonnie Didlot and husband, Don, Oronogo, Mo., and Rose Pierce and husband, Clyde, Crocker; thirteen grandchildren, Makayla, Breauna, Britney, Jozlynn, Kiarra, Makenzie, Aurora Grace, Tyler, Ryan, Landon, Kayden, Jett, and Jai; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Frank Buchanan will officiate. Burial will be in Stone Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be given to Peace Tabernacle Church, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory, Joplin.
Published on  May 10, 2017