In Loving Memory

Juanita H. Watson

November 10, 1934 - June 24, 2023

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Juanita Hutchens Watson, 88, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, June 24, 2023, after a long illness.

Juanita was born on November 10, 1934, to Luther G. and Verna B. Hutchens in Yadkinville, North Carolina.  She met her future husband, Frank M. Watson, while he was stationed at a local Air Force Base near Yadkinville, early in 1953.  It was love at first sight.  Frank was transferred to Brookley Field in Mobile, Alabama later that year.  Juanita joined him later and they were married on December 2, 1953, at the courthouse in Bay Minette, AL.  They moved to their current home, built by Frank, in January 1953, where Juanita resided until her homegoing, for the past 70 years.

Juanita loved serving our God and her churches.  When she was young, her mother and she walked 4 to 5 miles every Sunday (thru rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine) to attend a small Quaker church in Pilot View, North Carolina.

When she moved to Daphne in January 1953, she started attending Daphne Baptist Church, where she was baptized in 1962.  It was here she grew in her faith and served the Lord by working in the nursery and then teaching the four-year-old Sunday school class for over 35 years.  And it’s where she found a lifelong best friend in Sylvia Bauer.

Juanita later moved her membership to Jubilee Baptist Church in March of 1997, where she attended every week until she was not physically able. Even then, she continued to worship online, singing as only she could sing, patting her foot and clapping her hands.

Besides serving our Lord and Savior, she loved tracing family roots (genealogy) where she was able to trace roots back to being distant cousins to the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  Other hobbies included Alabama Football, Elvis, Braves Baseball, word search books, travelling, yard and estate sales, antiques, sewing, games show (especially Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud with Steve Harvey), gardening, writing poems, concerts, country driving, reading her Bible, but most of all spending time with her children and her only grandson.

Juanita is survived by her three daughters, Helen Watson and Michele Watson, both of Daphne, and Lisa (Ed) Strickler of Spanish Fort; her one grandson, Noah Strickler of Spanish Fort; other nieces and nephews and many other family and friends, who also called her “Momma”.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL.  Visitation will begin at 10AM, followed by the service at 11AM.  Dr. Paul Matthews will be presiding. Interment will follow at Daphne Baptist Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Noah Strickler, Ed Strickler, Marty Murphin, Jay Hall, Steve Bauer and Billy Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Daphne Baptist Cemetery, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation or Jubilee Baptist Church at https://www.jubileebaptist.com/give , in her memory.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

2 Comments

  1. Becki Andrews Ducote

    Mrs. Watson was a second mom to me. Lisa and I were best friends since birth. I spent as much time at the Watson house as I did my own. My fondest memory of Mrs. Watson is sitting around the dining table eating her homemade biscuits covered in apple butter. Mrs. Watson was a kind, quiet spoken, compassionate lady who was loved by many. She is glorifying the Lord with her arrival into HIS presence.

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  2. jimmy Watson

    I enjoy talking to Juanita on the computer when I was doing family history sorry I never got to meet her an frank

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