James Rayford "Pap" Watson
James Rayford Pap Watson
MARSHALL James Rayford Pap Watson, aka Mr. Austin passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 after reaching 94 years of age. Pap was a World War II veteran where he served as a tail gunner in the B-25 bomber plane. He graduated from Baylor University in 1949 and returned home to start The Austin Furniture Company, a downtown Marshall business for over 68 years. His favorite past times were quail hunting, training bird dogs and fishing.
He is survived by four children: John and Lana White, daughter; Jana and Steve Hall, daughter; James and Di Anna Smith, daughter; Pap and Susan Watson, son. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, May Joyce Michaels Watson; parents, Robert Pitt Watson and Mae Christine McKinley; three brothers and one sister.
Services will be held at Meadowbrook Funeral Home, 1804 S. Washington Street, Marshall, Texas at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00pm prior to the service. Interment will be in Nesbitt Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his wife. Online condolences may be made at www.meadowbrookfh.com

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