James Calvin Watson, 78, of Cherokee Village, formerly of Lakeland, Fla., died Sept. 4, 2003, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born April 8, 1925, in Chillicothe, Texas, he was the son of Albert and Loal Parl Osburn Watson. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Air Force in post World War II in Japan.
James and Virginia I. Harrison were married Oct. 20, 1956, in Cloma, Mich., and later settled in Lakeland, Fla., to raise their family. He was employed as millwright in the phosphate industry for 26 years at the International Mineral Corporation (IMC Gobble). After his retirement they returned to Arkansas where he was raised. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ash Flat.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia I. Watson; a son, James Albert Watson of Melburne, Fla.; a daughter, Carol Ann Watson of Winter Haven, Fla.; three brothers -- Ted Watson of Highland, Bob Watson of Brooksville, Fla., and Ed Watson of Jupiter, Fla.; a sister, Carolyn Morris of Ash Flat; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father in April of 1965, his mother Sept. 4, 2001, and two brothers -- Eugene and Bill Watson.
The funeral was Sept. 8 at First Baptist Church in Ash Flat with Van Brown officiating.
Burial was in the Agnos Cemetery with arrangements by Higginbotham Funeral Service Inc. of Hardy.