Obituaries for Fri., June 23, 2017, edition

Published 6:00 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Margaret Edythe Watson


Margaret Edythe Watson, 78, of Columbia, passed away on Wed., June 21, 2017, at Maury Regional Medical Center in Tennessee.


Funeral services for will be held on Sun., June 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Williams Funeral Home in Columbia with the Rev. Rick Elsey officiating. Burial will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Cornersville, Tenn. The family will visit with friends on Sat., June 24, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. also at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

She was born on Dec. 10, 1938, in Alabama to Benjamin D. Smith and Ella Lassiter Smith. On Dec. 27, 1954 she married the love of her life, Edgar Earl Watson and together they raised a family and served the Lord. She supported her husband’s ministry as he preached the gospel and pastored in churches in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama for 44 years. Even though their official ministry ended when Edgar’s health began to fail, they continued to serve the Lord together and loved each other until his passing on Jan. 6, 2015.

It seems in all things, she had a servant’s heart, working as a phlebotomist for D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton for a number of years. The medical profession was a perfect fit for her, as she was a kind, compassionate and nurturing woman. Her daughter reflects that she couldn’t have asked for a better mother. Even her eyes showed her true nature, as Margaret had the most loving, angelic eyes ever. She loved her family unconditionally and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a member of West End Baptist Church in Columbia.

She is survived by her children, Ann (Daryl) Carter of Columbia, and James E. (Sue) Watson of Warthen, Ga.; four grandsons; three granddaughters; 14 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; siblings, Lil Entrekin of Brewton, Jessie Smith of Mobile, Hazel LaCoste of Flomaton, and Edward Smith of Pensacola, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Ella Lassiter Smith; and her husband, Edgar Earl Watson.

The family would like to give special thanks to the associates and staff of The Bridge of Columbia and to the Rev. Rick Elsey and the West End Baptist Church Congregation for their love and support and prayers during Mrs. Watson’s final illness.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences may be made at

Coma Lee Owens

Milton, Fla.

Coma Lee Owens, 86, of Milton, Fla., passed away in her home surrounded by family on June 20, 2017.

Visitation will be at First Baptist Church located at 6797 Caroline Street in Milton, on Sat., June 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Burial will be at the Milton Cemetery in Milton.

Pallbearers will be Dr. John Lee, L. L. “Bubba” Drinkard, Robert Smith, Mitch Riley, Ryan Thompson and Greg Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the JOY Sunday School class of FBC.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1930 in Peterman located in Monroe County, to Martin Lee and Leila Kate Killingsworth Koon. She graduated in 1949 from T. R. Miller High School in Brewton,.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Milton where she taught high school classes and the JOY Sunday School class. She was a realtor for 30 years. She was active in Family Promise, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and was a volunteer for Celebrate Recovery.

She was preceded in death by her father, Martin; mother Kate; and her sister, Eleanor Koon Dixon.

She is survived by her two sons, Guy Thompson (Sheila) and Steve Owens (Linda); daughter, Jennifer Anchors (Jerry); four grandchildren, Ryan Thompson, Katie Thompson, Kate Anchors and Emma Anchors; and sister, Annie Ruth Nolin.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton.