Ms. Michelle Watson of Andalusia passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. She was 46.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the First Baptist Church of Andalusia. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 12 noon until time of the service. COVID-19 guidelines will be closely followed. Reverend Cindy Howard and Reverend Gene Truman will officiate, the Principal of Davis Elementary School will present a Proclamation to the family and Kymberly Keahey will deliver a Celebration of Life eulogy. Piano music will be by Sue Bass Wilson. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing. Serving as pallbearers will be nephews, Jared Watson, Lee Mills, Tanner Watson; family friends, Jason Donohue, Carson Brady, and her youngest son, John Ross Brunson. Honorary pallbearers will be the1992 Andalusia High School classmates and the Davis Leadership Team of Davis Elementary School. Flowers will be accepted.
Left to cherish her loving memory, sons, Charles Matthew "Matt" Brunson and John Ross Brunson, both of Andalusia; parents, Willie "Potsy" Watson and Rachel Watson of Andalusia; brothers, Willie Tinker Watson (Sherry Lynn), Jeffery LaDon Watson, Martha Watson Wallace and Sherry Watson McCommon (Rick), all of Andalusia; father to her children, Charles "Buzz" Brunson, III of Andalusia; aunts and uncles, LK Davis, Tommy Davis, Mike Cooper, Joe Smith Jr. Wilkerson, Eloise Smith JimmieLee Wilkerson, Lucille Watson Hatfield, Virginia Watson (Tiny), Mary Watson Smith, Naomi Watson (husband was Clayton), Naomi Watson (husband was Jack); nieces and nephews, Jared Ethan Watson (MarLee), Lee Mills (Haileigh), Hope Wallace, Cody Wallace, Jeffery Tanner Watson (Madisen Worst), Jennalyn Marie Watson and Marissa Danielle Watson; great-nieces and nephews, Willow Rae Watson, Hunter Jase Watson, and Millie Kate Watson. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jeff Wallace two uncles, Jack Watson and Clayton Watson.
A 1992 graduate of Andalusia High School, Michelle attended Lurleen B. Wallace, UAB, and AUM. She was a determined student and commuted for several years from Andalusia to Auburn University in Montgomery until she earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Prior to beginning her teaching career, Michelle worked locally at Walker Electric and Dr. Tillman-Davidson Eye Center. She taught at Evergreen Elementary School, W.S. Harlam in Lockhart, and was currently a devoted teacher at Davis Elementary School in Montgomery. Michelle's career passion was for "at-risk" young students with challenging learning abilities and socio-economic conditions. Her life passion was her two sons, "Matt" and Ross; they were the love of her life. Anyone who spent time with Michelle would hear about "her boys". Michelle had an affectionate smile that lifted the spirits of those in her presence. She attended and made her public profession of faith at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Andalusia. She was a beautiful daughter, sister, mother, teacher, and friend and one whose untimely passing will leave a forever void on the hearts of those who so dearly loved her. Michelle entered her eternal rest surrounded by her loving family.
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