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Jim Watson

                                     Watson, 86

Jim Watson, 86, of Belton, died on October 27, 2022. He was born on June 18, 1936, in Gorman, to John and Verna Mae Watson.

Jim is survived by his wife Margey of Belton, children Denise and David Tatum of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Delane and Darryl Sewell of Holliday, Texas, Grady and Kristie Watson of Belton, and Glenn and Sherri Watson of Cochrane, AB, Canada, ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren as well as a host of other family members and friends whose lives he has profoundly impacted.

John was a pipeline foreman for Magnolia Oil Company and grew up mostly in the South Texas oil patch.

He would meet and fall in love with Margey Stohler of La Feria, Texas. They were married on August 28, 1959. For 63 years, Jim and Margey were partners in life and in ministry.

Their journey together included three Texas pastorates over a 12-year period (in Mingus, Boyd, and Round Rock), ten years as missionaries in Latin America (Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama), 20 years as Director of Missions of the Frio River Baptist Association in Pearsall, and nearly 20 years in retirement as teachers of a young adult Sunday School class at Belton’s First Baptist Church.

Jim and Margey had four children, all of whom have also served in Christian ministry, as well as ten grandchildren. At the time of his death, they are expecting their 16th great-grandchild.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at on Wednesday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Belton.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Faculty Endowment Fund of the Canadian Baptist Seminary and College.

Online gifts can be made at Checks to the faculty endowment fund can be designated as follows: WMU Foundation – CBTSC Fund, Memo line – Faculty Endowment In memory of Jim Watson. Send to: WMU Foundation – CBTSC Fund, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, Alabama 35242.