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Faye Douglas Watson

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Published: December 23, 2012

Faye Douglas Watson passed away peacefully in her sleep in Tucson, Ariz. on Dec. 17, 2012. Faye was preceded in death by two husbands, Willard L. Douglas Sr. and J. William Watson. Both gentlemen were Methodist ministers.

Faye was born Nov. 14, 1925 to Frank Birdwell Wiygul and Izola (Wood) Wiygul in Dorsey, Miss. The family moved to Keiser, Ark. in 1939. It was in Keiser where she met and married Willard Douglas. Willard died in 1976 and two years later Faye married J. William Watson. After Rev. Watson retired, the couple moved to Marion, Ark. Rev. Watson passed away in 2001 and Faye remained in the home until 2005 when she moved to West Virginia to be near her son Willard L. Jr.

Faye had three sons by her first husband, Willard L. Douglas Jr., Gifford Douglas and Stephen Douglas. Gifford and Stephen are both deceased. Faye is survived by her son, Willard, his wife Martha, granddaughter, Heidi (Jim) Landon and great‐grandson, Max. She is also survived by three step‐ daughters, Annelle (Vic) Saig, Linda (Jim) Crane and Pat (Joe) McGill; seven step‐grandchildren, Bill Saig, Victor Saig, Michael Saig, Chris Crane, Christy Crane, Stephanie McGill and Jennifer McGill; as well as several step‐great‐grandchildren. She is survived as well by numerous nieces and nephews.

Faye was also preceded in death by her five brothers, Frank Wiygul, Jim Wiygul, Charlie Wiygul, Joel Wiygul, and F.B. Wiygul and one sister, Kathryn Tindall.

Faye was a mother, homemaker and pastor's wife in various places in northern Arkansas including the Jonesboro area, Caraway, North Little Rock, Bald Knob, Tuckerman, Leachville, Marion, Fort Smith, and Marianna. At different times she worked as a bookkeeper for the Rural Electric Coop in Jonesboro, Ark., Fidelity National Bank, West Memphis, Ark., and The Bank of West Memphis. From 1989 until her retirement in 2002 she served as the insurance and benefits coordinator for the Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Church.

A burial of the cremains and memorial service are planned for Jan. 14, 2013 in Marion, Ark. The private burial service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park and the memorial service, to which anyone who knew Faye is invited to attend will be at the Marion United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., on that day.

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