Freda Mae (Watson) Brown

By | November 19, 2013

Freda Mae (Watson) Brown, age 91, went home to be with her Lord Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Four Winds Nursing Facility, Jackson. She was born March 14, 1922 in Maysville, Kentucky to Robert Watson Sr. and Ella (Wilson) Watson.

The second of eight children, Freda learned to work at an early age, helping her mother care for the younger children. During WW II she was hired by the railroad as a switchboard operator. It was while working for the railroad that she met and later married James E. Brown. They set up housekeeping on the Brown homestead and Freda was introduced to the rigors of farm life. After their children were pretty well grown, Freda went to work outside the home. She got a job with Buckeye Mart (later Fisher’s Big Wheel) and worked there until she retired in the 1980s. Freda loved the Lord and raised her children to do the same. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coalton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; brothers, Willard, Harold, Chester “Joe” and Raymond Watson and sisters, Wilma Burton and Anna Turner. She is survived by children, David (Denise) of Lonsdale, Arkansas, Mary of Wellston, Paul (Denise) of Jackson and Jim (Laura) of Wellston; one brother, Robert Watson Jr. of Flatwoods, Kentucky; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; “adopted sons,” Ed and Dean Armstrong and many friends.

Friends and family may call at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home Friday, November 22, from 12 to 2 p.m. Funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Andy Rawlins officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

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