James R. Watson, 65, of Arkansas City, passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. James Church of God In Christ.
Friends can greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory.
A memorial has been established for the Jaxton Watson Education Fund. Contributions can be made through www.rindt-erdman.com.
James was born July 15, 1954, to James and Della Josephine (Barlow) Watson in Arkansas City. He was reared and educated in Arkansas City, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1972. After high school, James attended Cowley College, then Wichita Technical Institute.
On March 3, 1988, James married Tamara Campbell in Arkansas City. To this union, two children were born, Tremaine Letrice Watson and Ayana Watson. The couple made their home in Arkansas City. James worked at Conoco in Ponca City for many years. He also worked for Arkansas City Memorial Hospital and Cowley County Community College and owned a cleaning and detail business for several years. He enjoyed cars, football, poetry, drawing and music. He was a talented drummer and singer and served the St. James Church of God In Christ as a longtime member.
James was preceded in death by his parents, James Watson, Jr., and Della Josephine Watson; his wife, Tamara; daughter, Ayana; grandson, Devin Cassaw; godmother, Lucille Jennings; and aunts and uncles.
Survivors include his daughter, Tremaine Watson, of Arkansas City; son, Jaxton Watson, of Kansas City; adopted children, Anden Engleking, of Arkansas City, Peyton Engleking and Addison Engleking, both of Owasso, Okla., and their mother, Sonnie Brook Engelking, of Arkansas City; three grandchildren, Tyanna Sharp, Keirah Sharp and their father, Tyrone Sharp, and Adriana Cassaw; siblings, Linda Morris and husband, Theodore, and brother, Melvin Watson and wife, Annie, all of Arkansas City, and Michelle Vann and husband, William, of Valley Center; aunt, Arceola Fields and husband, Harvey, and uncle, Charles Watson and wife, Linda, all of Arkansas City; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.