James “Jim” Iverson Watson

James “Jim” Iverson Watson passed from this life on April 15, 2017 at his home. He was 64 years old. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Jim undoubtedly left a mark and lasting impression on everyone he met. As a master carpenter, he not only built the most beautiful homes in the area, but had the vision and creativity to help others visualize their dreams for their projects. A man of the land, Jim was an excellent beef cattle farmer and gardener. Every year, Jim sustain his family with beautiful vegetables from his garden, and generously fed many of the people in his community, for whom he had the utmost respect. In addition, Jim was known for his sweet honey, which he harvested by the gallons. He loved reading—fiction, non-fiction, and farming magazines. He would sometimes read a book in just a few hours. A hard-working man, Jim was recognized by many in the community in his old blue truck with his dog companions riding with him. He was there to help anyone. Jim’s biggest joy was spending time with his granddaughter, Noah Claire, or as he liked to call her, “Peanut.” They shared many experiences – trips to the barn, cooking projects, badminton and just hanging out with each other. For those who knew Jim, there was never a dull moment. He will be dearly missed by many and thought of often for his one of a kind personality. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Lindsly Watson; son, Jeremiah Watson and wife, Kristin; granddaughter, Noah Claire; step grandson, Jose; sisters Martha, Mary, Irene and Pat; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie B. Watson and Bettie Belle Muse Watson. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21:4-7. Visitation was held at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until Funeral Services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210 for cancer research or Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, 3893 Hwy 440, Kentwood, LA 70444 or charity of choice. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.


P.O. Box 698
Amite, LA 70422
Phone: 985-748-7156
Fax: 985-748-7104

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