James Watson, 75, of Rector, Ark., passed from this life on May 2, 2017, at the St. Bernards Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro, Ark. He was born July 26, 1941, in the Rector area, to the late Ruel and Dora Watson.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Watson; his step-mother, Mildred Watson and a grandson, Jerry Ryan Vangilder.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Darla (Clayton) Watson; his children, Charlotte and Doyne Vangilder of Marmaduke, Todd and Sandra Watson of Rector, Cindy and Anthony Buck of Rector and Mark and Jodie Watson of Rector; his much beloved grandchildren, Mitchell and Amy Vangilder, Brittany and Josh Milam, Logan Buck and Shea Staton, Hadleigh Watson, Tyler Watson and Bailey Hoots, Garrett Buck and Avery Bucy, Case Watson and Jarrod Buck; his special great-grandchildren, Landon McClung, Kaylee Vangilder, Mattie McClung, Kinlee Vangilder, Pacey Vangilder, Oakley Vangilder, Bostyn Milam, Caiden Milam, Emma Milam and Hayden Lund and a host of other loving family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, with Kim Bridges, Kevin Murray and Ernest Rinks officiating. Interment will be in the Woodland Heights Cemetery, Rector.
Those who wish may sign the online condolence book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com