of Marshall, AR
July 6, 1946 - September 10, 2023
James Michael ''Mike'' Watts, age 77, of Marshall, Arkansas passed from this earthly life on Sunday, September 10th, 2023 at St. Vincent's North in Sherwood, Arkansas. He was born in Marshall, Arkansas on July 6th, 1946 to Clois Allen Watts and Ethel Bernice Medley Watts. Mike married Judy Harness on February 9th, 1968 and to this union was born two children, Lance and Jamie.Mike attended the Martin Box Mennonite Church growing up and later attended the Eastside Missionary Baptist Church. He served in the Army National Guard for six years. Mike graduated from Marshall High School in 1964. He started working as a dry wall finisher in between the school years while in high school and continued for many years with his brother, Charles. After, he and his brother, Charles owned the CITGO Gas Station and Tire Shop for a few years. After selling the station, he went into the dairy business and also managed the White Oak Station in Marshall. He went on after retirement to raise beef cattle. Mike enjoyed playing around with the harmonica, guitar and the banjo. He loved the Razorbacks and sports in general. He especially enjoyed watching the grandkids play ball. He loved joking around and pranking everyone. He liked to fish with his grandkids in the family pond and enjoyed watching westerns. Mike was a very family oriented man and his greatest joy came from time spent with them.Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Judy Watts of the home; his children, Lance Michael Watts and wife, Juanita of St. Joe and Jamie Michele James and husband, Jared of Harrison; his grandchildren, Sabrina Emerson (Keaton) of Russellville, Jonathan Drewry of St. Joe, Jasmine Watts of St. Joe, Jace James of Harrison and Emerie James also of Harrison; his brother, Charles Watts (Bennie) of Marshall; sisters, Roberta Ferguson of Marshall and Patricia Wilson of Marshall; his niece, Cheryl Reed (Ricky) of Marshall; nephew, Kenneth Ferguson of Bella Vista and many extended family and friends who will also mourn his passing.Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Clois and Ethel Watts and an infant sister, Melba Jene Watts.Funeral services for Mike will be 2:00 PM Friday, September 15th, 2023 at Roller-Coffman Chapel in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. David Wallis and Bro. Kenneth Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 till 2:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Bearers will be Brandt Reed, Nick Reed, Preston Ferguson, Walker Ferguson, Warren Ferguson and Jared James. Honorary bearers will be Mike's Marshall High School Classmates of 1964, Nathan Treadwell and Steven Hendrix.
So sorry Judy and families to hear about Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Judy, We were very sorry to hear about your loss. Please have all our prayers and thoughts to see you through this time.Mike and Gail
Weâ€™re so sorry for your loss! Weâ€™re sure going to miss seeing him and talking to him. Continued love and prayers for the family.
So sorry about Mike. Praying for Judy and family.
Judy, I am so sorrY for your loss. I will be praying for God to comfort you and your family during this time.
Judy, we are so very sorry to hear of Mikeâ€™s passing. Prayers for comfort for you and your family. I know you all will miss him immensely. Much love, Janice
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Iâ€™m so sorry about the loss of Mike. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!
Jamie, my deepest heartfelt condolences go out to you, and your family over the loss of your dad. May God be with each of you, as you go through this devistating time, together. ðŸ˜‡ðŸ™ðŸ˜‡I've been needing to come see you but thought I'd wait till the weather got a little cooler, with no more hot days in sight. Please know your family is in my prayers. May God always be with each of you !!! ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™
Roberta, and family. I am saddened to hear of Mike leaving us. He was a sweet brother, and friend.
Judy and family,Praying for your family at this hard time. Him and daddy looked so much alike now they can confuse people in heaven. Sending Love to you all
We're sad to hear of Mike's passing. We'll miss him, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Judy and FamilyWe were so shocked to hear of Mike's death . Mike was a good man and always so friendly and smiling . He will be missed .Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless and comfort during the days ahead. we were
With my deepest sympathy for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers for you and your family in this time of loss.
Judy, I'm so sorry to hear about Mike. Just know your family is in my prayers. Love you!
Judy and family, my thoughts are with you and sending prayers of peace and comfort. Mike will be so missed, I know you have sweet memories to help you through such a difficult time. Mike was such a good forever friend, I was so fortunate to have known him, he was always the same since we were little kids!
Judy and Family,Sorry to hear about Mikeâ€™s passing. Condolences to all of the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Iâ€™m so glad that as Followers of Christ we will see Mike in the next life. I remember Mike as a very, nice funny guy in High School. Prayers for the family. Kay
My prayer and thought are with families so sorry for your loss
Prayers of comfort for family
So sorry to hear about mike passing. Prayers for all of the family.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mike has always been such a sweet part of my entire life starting at Martin Box MB Chapel and then throughout our school years. My heartfelt sympathy to his immediate family as well as Roberta, Patricia and Charles. Goodbye and God bless, my friend.
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Remembering growing up in the Martin Box Church together and the friendships made.
Judy and sons, I was sad to learn of Mikes passing. I remember all the good times we parents had when our sons played basketball together and our trip to New Orleans. My prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.
Mike will be missed around here by lots of people. He was a good man and enjoyable to talk to
So sorry that your family has to suffer this loss !!! Prayers for all of you
We are very sorry to hear of Mikeâ€™s passing. We both liked visiting with Mike whenever we would see him in town. He will be missed.
You always were a hoot. Behave yourself in Heaven. And no scratch offs. Tell Vance we all miss him.
Mike was a good man and lifelong friend. Praying for his family for peace and comfort.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. ðŸ™ðŸ™
So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a really friendly guy. He was a people person. Always had a smile for anyone he met. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.
Judy and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our sincerest condolences and prayers for you as you continue your life without Mike, although his love will always be present in your heart.
Praying for the family and remembering the good times at Marshall high.