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 www.lonokecountyseniors.com. 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
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!
So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.
I’m sadden to know cousin Mike has a smile to know he’s surrounded by angels.Love to julie and Michael and Matthew.
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
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love, Karen
Julie, my deepest Condolence to you and your Famiky, so sorry for the loss of Mike,
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.
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
You will be missed
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
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.
Mr Mike was a pleasure to know and be around !! He was always nice and filled with joy !! You will be missed !!!
Praying for you all, love y’all
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.
Really going to miss him as a loving cousin
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.
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
I, so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.
Me & Khloe love you so much Mr.Mike, we miss you so much but know you’ll forever be in our hearts…❤❤
Mike was my friend. Sorry for your loss
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
I am so sorry for your loss.
Sooooo sorry for your loss…. May God be with you, Julie, the boys, & Ricky.
We love you guys…
So Sorry, he was, my cousin, sorry, i did’nt get to know him better. Love to all, Patsy Cummings Alardin.
I am sorry, i did’nt get to know him , he was my cousin, Love, All of you!