James Watson was born on Nov. 5, 1934, to the late Oder and Lurethia Blair Watson. He departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at his residence.
James served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years in the Republic of Vietnam and throughout the United States. When he retired, he worked for Sumter School District 17.
He leaves to mourn and cherish his memories: his wife, Ruth Watson; one daughter, Jacquelyn R. Watson of Atlanta; one son, James (Clarissa) Watson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; two sisters, Mary Ann Taylor and Kathy Atkins Taylor of Sumter; four grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.
Mr. Watson will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marion H. Newton officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park.
The family is receiving friends at the home, 5 Van Buren St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.