2011-03-10 / Obituaries


Ernest Ray Watson, 76, of Jackson died March 4, 2011 at his residence.

He was born June 1, 1934. He was a member of Forest Avenue Baptist Church. He was a retired pastor with the Southern Baptist Association as well as a retired teacher with the Clarke County Board of Education.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbye Watson, Jackson; one son, Joel Ray Watson, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas; three daughters, Wanda W. Anderson, Eclectic, Deena Watson, Jobie Watson, both of Baltimore, Maryland; one brother, Freddie Brunell Jr., Mobile; two sisters, Carolyn Pettis, Sherrie Brunell, both of Mobile; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Delores Brunell, his father, Henley Watson, a brother, Frank Watson and a step-father, Freddie Brunell Sr.

The service was March 7 at 11 a.m. at Forest Avenue Baptist Church with Revs. Joel Watson and Don Rushing officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Forest Avenue Baptist Church of Jackson or to your favorite charity.

Active pallbearers were Pete Anderson, Freddie Brunell Jr., Fred Brunell Sr., Ray Baber, Lee Chestnut and Dale Pettis.

Honorary pallbearers were Auburn Martin and the Cornerstone Sunday School Class of Forest Avenue Baptist Church.

An online guest book may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.

Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


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