Charles J. Watson, 84, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away on February 2, 2018, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.Charles was born in Pierce, Nebraska to Willard and Helen Watson on February 1,1934. He went to high school at Pierce High School and graduated in 1952, going on to earn his college degree four years later. He was very proud to have been part of a farming family in which all seven children graduated from the University of Nebraska. In 1966, Charles married Virginia Webb. Though both had left Pierce in their youth, they ended up back home and started a loving life that produced four children. Charles was proud of how their different personalities complemented each other, and gave Ginny credit for everything they achieved in their life.
Charles started his career as a farmer, but went on to become the manager of the Norfolk office of the Nebraska Department of Labor. He was active in the community. Whether it was scoring tournaments at the golf course, leading the Pierce School Board, or coaching his daughter's soccer team, Charles did his best to improve the community he grew up in.
Family and friends of Charles will always remember his love of music. He loved to entertain a crowd with an Irish tune, and many were blessed with an original song for their wedding or special event. Even in the last week of his life he was able to belt out a verse of ''When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'' for his hospice team.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Helen Watson; wife, Virginia Watson; brother, Eldon Watson; sisters, Naida Watson, Lois Bueher, and Shirley Spitser.
Charles is survived by his daughters, Megan Davenport of Maumelle, Arkansas and Erin Watson of Little Rock, Arkansas; sons, Michael Watson of Portland, Oregon and Patrick Watson of Austin, Texas; grandson, Patrick's son George Watson; sisters, Marilyn Watson of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Alyce Watson of Lincoln, Nebraska.
The family will hold a private funeral in Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arkansas Heart Foundation at arkansasheartfoundation.org,