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William Michael Watson, 64

William Michael Watson, 64 of Lonoke passed away on Sunday, March 26,2017.  He was born June 26, 1952.  Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Friend. Survived by his Wife of 43 1/2 years, Julie Strobel Watson, sons Michael Watson, Matt Watson and brother Rick Watson.

Mike retired from Remington after 45 years of loyal employment.  He was a devoted Razorback Fan, supporter of the local Lonoke Jackrabbits and most recently, found lots of enjoyment participating in the Lonoke Community Centers “Bean Bag Baseball” team where he played with the Silver Hares.

Everyone that came in contact with Mike, instantly liked him because of his down to earth, laid back personality and honest way of talking to you and treating you.  Also known as a “Big ol’ Teddy Bear”, you just could not help but love him!  Mike had a heart so big, that he was always ready to help anyone that was in need.  He instilled this same love and devotion into his 2 sons and raised them with Julie to become the same loving and hardworking men they are today.  We all have stories and memories of how he touched our lives and as we think about these at this time, it is comforting and reassuring to know that Mikes heart was pure and dedicated to the Lord and is in Heaven now, no longer having to deal with the complications of what life on this earth can bring.  He is wrapped in the arms of Jesus and surrounded by his parents and loved ones that have already passed before.  Take comfort in knowing that we will be reunited with him one day and for now he is keeping watch over us.

In lieu of flowers, his family will be setting up a memorial in his honor at the Lonoke County Senior Center. Please mail your Memorial Donation to PO BOX  199, Lonoke, AR 72086 or you can go to It was Mike’s wishes not to have a service or funeral, but to be cremated.  His entire family, especially Julie Strobel Watson, would like to say how much they appreciate everyone’s prayers, well wishes and food that has been outpouring these past few months.  Thank you all and God Bless.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Julie Michelle Watson Posted March 29, 2017 9:17 PM

    Mike is my father in law and I feel so blessed to have had him in my life. He is so kind and loving and was a great father to my husband Matt. I will miss him so much but I know one day I will see him again. Love you Dad!

  • Jay and Dianne Vermillion Posted March 29, 2017 9:24 PM

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

  • Lorrie Posted March 29, 2017 9:25 PM

    I’m sadden to know cousin Mike has a smile to know he’s surrounded by angels.Love to julie and Michael and Matthew.

  • Jeff canada Posted March 29, 2017 9:33 PM

    Mr mike was s great guy i meet him a few times gone to soon but not forgotten please pray for the family i knew mike i went to scool with him and matt sorry for your loss

  • Karen Rivera Posted March 29, 2017 9:42 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love, Karen

  • Jaynie Wiggins Posted March 29, 2017 10:09 PM

    Julie, my deepest Condolence to you and your Famiky, so sorry for the loss of Mike,

  • Pat and Allen Crawford Posted March 29, 2017 10:50 PM

    Julie, our prayers are with you, Rick, his two sons and rest of family. If we can help you, please let us know. We love you.

  • JJ Fleming Posted March 29, 2017 11:45 PM

    Mr. Mike from the first time we met it felt as though I had known you forever because your kind soul and words made me feel like I could tell you anything. You always lit up any room when you walked in and I’m glad I was one of the lucky ones to have known you even though it’s only been a few years you have made it feel like it’s been a lifetime that I have known you. I will miss talking sports with you and Saturday night trivia at American Pie. Thank You for touching me in a way that makes me want to be a better and kinder soul as you were. R.I.P until we meet again in that big party in the sky

  • Daryn Tipton Posted March 30, 2017 4:01 AM

    You will be missed

  • Jamey Martin Posted March 30, 2017 5:15 AM

    We are so very sorry for the loss of this wonderful father, husband, & friend. We didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Mike for a very long time time but every time we did get the chance to see him he was always very kind to all of us. We will continue to pray for peace & comfort. And know we are here for all of you. Much love, Jamey Martin & Family

  • Jack and Charlotte stewart Posted March 30, 2017 5:22 AM

    Mike was good man He was great in-law.
    Never got to spend much time but the times we did were great. Great husband and father He will be greatly missed.

  • Tim and Marilyn cox Posted March 30, 2017 6:37 AM

    Mr Mike was a pleasure to know and be around !! He was always nice and filled with joy !! You will be missed !!!

  • Makesha Thomas Posted March 30, 2017 6:48 AM

    Praying for you all, love y’all

  • Naomi Coats Posted March 30, 2017 7:31 AM

    I was only around Mr Mike a few times . In that short time I got to see what a kind and amazing person he was. Who loved his friends and family. I know everyone that he has ever meet and knew him will miss him. Heaven differently got a new angel.

  • James Webber Posted March 30, 2017 8:20 AM

    Really going to miss him as a loving cousin

  • Christian Ball Posted March 30, 2017 2:02 PM

    I have fond memories of Big Mike always being in the stands watching us play ball. I pray for comfort for you in this tragic early passing of such a good man. I know he is missed.

  • Becky Phillips Posted March 30, 2017 4:31 PM

    My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family. The joy is that one day soon we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven. I love you like a sister Julie

  • Judith Posted March 30, 2017 8:56 PM

    I, so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

  • Katie waller Posted March 30, 2017 11:25 PM

    Me & Khloe love you so much Mr.Mike, we miss you so much but know you’ll forever be in our hearts…❤❤

  • Robert DePriest Posted March 31, 2017 7:28 AM

    Mike was my friend. Sorry for your loss

  • Shirley Snider Posted March 31, 2017 7:48 AM

    My dear cousin/family:There are no words that can express our deepest sympathy. You are surrounded by family and many friends this I know; but I sure wish we could be there for you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you bunches, Jon & Shirley

  • Donnie Tenison Posted March 31, 2017 10:27 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Gene & Cathy Watson Posted March 31, 2017 3:55 PM

    Sooooo sorry for your loss…. May God be with you, Julie, the boys, & Ricky.
    We love you guys…

  • Patsy Cummings Alardin Posted March 31, 2017 10:48 PM

    So Sorry, he was, my cousin, sorry, i did’nt get to know him better. Love to all, Patsy Cummings Alardin.

  • Patsy Cummings Alardin Posted March 31, 2017 10:53 PM

    I am sorry, i did’nt get to know him , he was my cousin, Love, All of you!

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