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Robert "Buddy" Watson
October 20, 1928 - January 13, 2022

Robert “Buddy” Watson, Jr., 93, of Trumann departed this life on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Place in Jonesboro, AR. He was born in Cherokee, Alabama and had live most of his lifetime in the Trumann area.   He was a retired instructor for the Delta Vocational School in Marked Tree, AR, Navy veteran of the Korean War and of the Baptist faith.  Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his wife, Syble Lee Combs Watson; two brothers, Thomas & Billy Watson; and one sister, Lou Hedley and was the son of the late Robert Neal and Mary Lou George Watson.      He is survived by one son, Lee Clinton (Sandra) Watson of Trumann; one daughter, Lanita (Buz) Allen of Mammoth Spring, AR; two sisters: Linda Parker of Henderson, TN., and Joan Bray of Lake Alfred, FL; three grandchildren, Jonathan Watson, Amy Ward and Tera Lehman; three great-grandchildren, Charleigh Watson, Jaden Lehman and Ty Lehman.       A celebration of life will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Constant officiating.  Burial will be at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, Ark.,       Visitation will be Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann. Pallbearers will be Bobby Benson, Bobby Byrd, Kenneth Hendrix, Jeff Lafarlette, Wes Cranford and Roger Moon.  Honorary pallbearers will be Zach Pankey, Ron Taylor, Ken Hendrix, Tim Lawson, Jack Haney and Dennis Moon. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, face masks or other facial covering and social distancing is recommended.      An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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January 17, 2022
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR 72472

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Funeral Service

January 18, 2022
01:30 PM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR 72472

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  1. Amy Ward, Jonesboro, AR 72404 says

    I love you Papa

  2. Durrell Newell , Trumann Arkansas says

    I wish I could be there for you Buddy but , I've got the Flu A strain so I won't take a chance of spreading my germs ! Even though you know I'm a sharing person Lol .. But know I'm with you in heart and Soul .. Your Dad has always been an Awesome man and your Beautiful Mom was always good to me . Once I get better I will come and see Ya .. Mine and Pearl's Prayers and our Condolences for the Family and You .. But know as Pearl just said Mom and Dad are together forever .. God's Blessing and Strength and Comfort we Pray for you Durrell & Pearl

  3. Janna Stotts, Trumann says

    One of my favorite customers. I loved hearing him tell his & Mrs. Watson's love story.

  4. Linda Smith Wylie, Rosemark, TN says

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mr Watson’s passing. My prayers for the family and many friends in Trumann.

  5. David Ashlock , Jonesboro Ar says

    Buddy was a wonderful friend I used to keep all his and family cars running for him. Prayers for the family. He will always be remembered by those of us who had the pleasure to know him.

  6. Lydia W. Beck, Marked Tree AR says

    Watson, you were a gentleman and a scholar. I count you as one of my very best and closest friends. You and Syble were a lovely couple and working with you at Delta in Marked Tree made my work easier. I will always remember you as an outstanding acquaintance and friend. Sincerely, Lydia W. Beck

  7. Patricia Arnold, Cara & Amy, Imboden, Arkansas says

    On behalf of my late husband, Donald F Sloas, please allow my daughters and I to express how much Donald greatly appreciated being mentored as a student and as an Instructor of the Appliance Service Dept at the former Delta Vocational Technical School, Marked Tree, by Mr. Robert Watson, a well respected Appliance Service Technician in the Trumann area before becoming a part of the original staff of DVTS as Appliance Service Instructor, later Industrial Maintenance Instructor and Solar PowerTechnology Instructor. We sincerely thank Mr Watson for his military service for their great country the U.S.A., for the positive impact he had on many young and some older men in these instructional programs whose personal lives, their families and communities benefited from their training from Mr Watson and for the achievements, success and respect he earned for his curriculum development in all of these areas he taught which have been recognized by his students, DVTS, well known organizations, the Arkansas State Dept of Education and across the United States where he spoke at conventions as well as our family hold Mr Watson and his beautiful wife, Sybil, with highest regard. Praying for peace, comfort and strength for Lanita and Lee and their whole family.

  8. Stephen Amaral (Chief), Crossville, Tennessee says

    Lee, so sorry to hear of your loss my friend... Stephen (aka Chief) Amaral.

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