James "Terry" Watson
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I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
James "Terry" Watson was born December 9, 1970 to Paul and Henrietta Watson of Holly Ridge, Louisiana. Terry had one older sibling, Paul "Scott" Watson. Terry resided in Holly Ridge with his family until he graduated high school. As a child, Terry enjoyed riding motorcycles as well as working on them with his brother. At an early age, Terry developed a strong work ethic working with his father in their family owned business. Terry enjoyed traveling, snow skiing, and running which he continued to enjoy all of his life. He lived his life to the fullest and inspired those who were around him to do the same. Terry was interested in law enforcement as a young teen-ager and incredibly motivated to achieve his goal. After graduating from Holly Ridge High School, Terry attended Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) where he obtained a degree in Criminal Justice. While pursuing his degree, Terry was employed by the Richland Parish Sheriff's Office as a patrol officer and later as a narcotics investigator.
After he obtained his degree, Watson was hired by the US Marshall's office and was assigned to Biloxi, Mississippi. After a two year tour with the Marshall's office, he achieved his lifelong goal and was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in which he devoted 13 years of service. In addition to serving in Colombia, Special Agent Watson has served in Honolulu, Hawaii and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also served on three deployments to Afghanistan conducting dangerous counter-narcotics missions as a member of DEA's FAST program. Prior to his DEA service, Special Agent Watson worked for the U.S. Marshals Service and served in the United States Army.
Funeral services for James "Terry" Watson, 42, of Cartagena, Colombia formerly of Rayville, LA will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Richland Art Center in Rayville, LA with Adm. Michele Leonhart, Dr. Eddie Wren, and Attorney General, Eric Holder, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the McKnight Cemetery, Holly Ridge, LA under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Rayville, LA.
Survivors include the love of his life and soul mate, Fadia Margarita De La Rosa Watson; father and his wife, Paul and Linda Watson; mother, Henrietta Watson and Billy Collins; brother and nephew, Scott Watson and Conner Watson; paternal grandmother, Pauline Watson; his step brother, Chris Mitchell and wife, Chelsea and their children, Christian and Larkin.
Pallbearers are Neal Harwell, Daniel Grissom, Dale Carter, Perry Flemming, Randal Lowery, and Danny Fuller.
Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Horn and Owen Rockett.
Visitation is 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Richland Art Center in Rayville.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Drug Enforcement Administration for all their support, Richland Parish Sheriff, Lee Harrell and his department, and Trooper, Daniel Grissom.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Condolences may be left in Terry's online guestbook at www.brownholleyfuneralhomes.com.
Brown Holley Funeral Home
Brown-Holley Funeral Home Llc
603 Francis St Rayville, LA 71269
Published in The News Star on June 25, 2013