Jimmy R. Watson, 58, of Madison, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at his home.
He was born Feb. 26, 1956, in St. Louis, a son of the late Elmer C. Watson and Lorene (Crabtree) Brown. He married Marie A. (Mandina) Watson on April 7, 1982, in North Carolina and she survives. Jimmy was the owner and operator of Madison Foreign and Domestic, where he was a self-employed mechanic for more than 30 years. The U.S. veteran proudly served his country with the Marine Corps. He enjoyed his years as a car dealer, taking trips to Bull Shoals Lake and was also a certified diver. He will be remembered for the love and special times he shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Christopher M. and Candace Mandina of Madison and Ricky L. Watson of Madison; three grandchildren, Abbie Watson, Bella Mandina and Amellia Mandina; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Gloria Gibson of Hillsboro, Mo., and Charlette and Michael Tettamble of Wildwood, Mo.; one brother and sister-in-law, Elmer L. and Carol Watson of Arnold, Mo.; and other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James D. “Little Jimmy” Watson; and a brother, Ricky Watson.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, with the Rev. Charles West officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lemay, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.