Billy Don “Donnie” Watson, age 73, of Rudy died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at his home. He was the retired owner and operator of Watson’s Garage and Body Shop in Alma and was co-owner of Crawford County Speedway. He attended Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene in Alma and loved deer hunting and camping. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Edwin and Norma Mae Watson.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of the home; a daughter, Yvette Albers and her husband David of Alma; a son, Billy Don Watson Jr. and his wife Kristi of Rudy; a sister, Pat Secrest and her husband Tommy of Alma; a brother, Edwin Watson and his wife Sue of Rudy; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Newberry Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Bradley and Jeremy Barnett, Austin and Stefan Sangster, Thurman Blanton, Waymon Harris, Duane Rose and Daniel and David Stogsdill.

Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Parker and Gene Inman.

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