Paul Herbert Watson, Jr.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Paul Herbert Watson, Jr., “Big Daddy,” 85, of Ridgeland, who passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024, will be held at Boone Funeral Home in Greenville on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., followed by a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at the Greenville Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held at Christ United Church in Jackson on Sunday, April 7, 2024, with visitation from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., followed by the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.

Paul Jr. was born on September 27, 1938, in Greenville, MS. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1956 and furthered his education by graduating from Mississippi State in 1960. He was a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Order and, in October 2023, was inducted into the esteemed Mississippi Area Kappa Alpha Order, Court of Honor.

Throughout his life, Paul was a dedicated and hard-working man who always made time for his cherished family and friends. From 1960 to 2003, he owned and operated Farmers Tractor Company (John Deere) in Greenville, MS. Additionally, he served as Director of Trustmark National Bank from 1975 to 2004, Vice Chairman of American Public Life Insurance Company from 1979 to 1999, and was Washington County’s Supervisor from 2000 to 2016. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Greenville for over 40 years and later attended Christ United Church in Jackson, where he joyfully participated in the choir. Paul had eagerly anticipated singing in this year’s Easter service. We can only imagine what beautiful hymns he is singing now!

Paul was a true friend to many, cherishing each bond with a sincerity that defined his character. One of his most cherished traits was his ability to maintain meaningful connections, whether with lifelong companions or newfound acquaintances. He was known for his warm and welcoming nature, never meeting a stranger and always seeing the potential for friendship in everyone he encountered. His devotion extended to his grandchildren and family, relishing every moment spent in their company. His love knew no bounds, and his presence brought joy and comfort to all who knew him.

Paul also found great joy in simple pleasures, such as sharing meals with friends and loved ones. He cherished the moments spent over lunch, savoring good food and even better company. These gatherings were not just about nourishment but about the bonds formed and strengthened over shared conversations and laughter.

In addition to his love for friendships and family, Paul was also deeply passionate about his hobbies and community involvement. He was an exceptional bridge player, displaying a strategic mind and a love for the game that brought him great enjoyment and camaraderie with fellow players.

Paul’s commitment to service extended beyond his social circles; he was a dedicated Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. His contributions to Rotary and his community exemplified his belief in making a positive difference in the world. His leadership and generosity as a Paul Harris Fellow reflected his unwavering commitment to service above self, leaving a lasting impact on those around him and the causes he cared about deeply.

Paul Jr. is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Jo Helen, and a son, Paul H. Watson III. He is survived by his loving wife Jody Brown Watson of Ridgeland, MS; a daughter, Leeana Carpenter (Chris) of Ridgeland, MS; two sons, Will Potts Watson (Angie) of Madison, MS; and Larry Maynard (Krissy) of Flowood, MS; 21 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Margaret Moore (Ed) of Mineral, VA; nephew, Ed Moore, Jr. (Margaret) of Upperville, VA; and niece, Beth Moore Shenton (Rick) of Mineral, VA.

Paul’s legacy of love, kindness, and service will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be dearly missed and forever remembered in our hearts.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Paul to, Rotary Club of North Jackson, P.O. Box 12934, Jackson, MS 39236-2934.