Ms. Reeta Lucille (Strickland) Watson, age 74, of Bell passed away on June 30, at the North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. She was born on October 16, 1946 in Ocala to E.A. and Della Philman Strickland. Reeta grew up in Gilchrist County and married the love of her life, Alva J. Watson. She was a homemaker and loved babysitting and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 251. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alva J., and her parents, E.A. and Della Strickland.
Ms. Watson is survived by her sisters, Diana (James) Blume of Starke and Faye (BJ) Light of Bell; her nieces, Tonya Light of Lake City and Ramona Light of Bell; her great niece, Lorelia of Bell; brother in law, Craig (Cindy) Watson of Trenton; numerous extended family also survive.
A funeral service to honor Ms. Watson’s life will be held on Monday, July 5, at 3:00 pm at the Watson-Milton Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 2:00 pm at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton. 352-463-8888. www.watsonmilton.com