W.O. Watson, 76, of Strawberry, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

He was born July 26, 1944, in McCormick, to Arvel E. Watson and Ollie Ripka Watson. W.O. loved his family and his neighbors. He was loyal, dependable and kind hearted. W.O. worked for Huskey Service Station, Farm Service and Strawberry School District, where he drove the school buses and was a bus mechanic. He loved his bus kids. He enjoyed riding around eight-mile loop, gardening, working with his tractor, hunting, fishing, watching the wildlife, playing Santa Claus, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Leah Watson, of the home; three sons, Robert Watson (Priscilla) of Cave City, Terry Watson of Walnut Ridge, and Timmy Watson of Forrest City; one stepson, Jason Huskey (Bethany) of Conway; two daughters, Teresa Goings (BJ) of Magness and Andrea Richey (Larry) of Hoxie; two stepdaughters, Brandi Murphree (Cody) of Monahans, Texas and Brooke Gilbert of Glenwood; one brother, Arlin Watson (Sharon) of Strawberry; two sisters, Geneva Keck of Sulphur Rock, and Barbara Ann Burtcher of Mountain Home; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Albert Lee Watson, Tony W. Watson and Gene Watson; and two sisters, Dolly Schwartzentrub and Mary Lee Kendell.

Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Greg Cooper officiating.

Pallbearers were BJ Goings, Robbie Watson, Aaron Watson, Larry Richey, Cody Blevins, Jason Huskey and Cody Murphree. Honorary pallbearers were Lavon Huskey, Randall Northcutt, Dr. Mark Williams, Morning Coffee Drinkers at KJ’s Quick Shop, and employees of Farm Service in Lynn.

Memorials may be made in his honor to Lawrence County Cooperative School, P.O. Box 16, Portia, AR 72457.

An online guestbook is available at www.roller funeralhomes.com.

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