Rev. Jimmie Robert Watson, known to all as Jim, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO on July 19, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-four years, six months and twenty-nine days. Jim was born in Seymour, TX, on December 20, 1935, son of Leonard Watson and Minnie Cotton. On September 29, 1956, he was united in marriage to Edith Marjorie Hutchison, known to most as Marge, and five children came to bless this union. On July 7, 2001, he was united in marriage to Marian Irene Alexander nee Delashmit.
Jim is survived by two sons, James Watson and wife, Tammy, of Union, MO, and Jeffrey Watson and wife, Laura, of St. Clair, MO; by his daughters, Kathy Nevills and husband, Butch, of St. Clair and Marjorie Lynn Watson, known to all as Lynn, of St. Clair; by his daughter-in-law, Judith Watson of the state of VA; by four step-sons, Lonnie Goodson and wife, Barbara, of William Goodson, known to all as Sonny, and Lennie Goodson, all of Bellgrade, MO, and Darrin Portell and wife, Noreen, of Pacific, MO; by one brother, Joseph Ziegler of West Branson, MO; by one sister, Rebecca Brown and husband, Edward, of Fairdealing, MO; by eleven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Watson and Minnie Ziegler nee Cotton; by his step-father, Ralph Ziegler; by his wives, Marge Watson and Marian Watson; by one son, David Watson; by three brothers, Woodrow, Thomas and infant Edward Ziegler; by four sisters, Doris Daugherty, Patsy Mendenhall, Mary Fieldson and infant Margaret and by one grandson, Matthew Watson.
Jim was a devoted Christian member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. He was ordained as a minister at Moselle Baptist Church in Moselle, MO, and served the church as their minister from 1983 to1989. He served as minister of Elmwood Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO, from 1989 to 1990, and at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Viburnum, MO from 1991 to 2000. Jim was truly a missionary and until he went to be with his Lord and Savior, he ministered all those around him. He was a patriotic man and was proud to have served his country in the Army National Guard. During his working career he was employed as a purchasing agent for Von Weise Gear Company in St. Clair, MO, retiring after twenty-six years of service to the company. In 2005 Jim began working part time at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, retiring in 2018. Jim loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting mushrooms, fishing and working in his garden. He also served as a Boy Scout leader when his sons were young, for troops in both St. Clair and Lonedell, MO. He loved to sing and had a great sense of humor, often dressing up to perform his music. Jim was a gentle and humble man, that would willingly help others in any way he could and showed genuine concern for all those around him. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love and joy they shared and the many precious memories they created will live on in their hearts forever.
A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, step-father, grandfather, great and great-great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 24, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. John Dover officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. Memorials may be made to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in St. Clair.