Dr. Jacqueline Denise Watson PhD

September 20, 1954September 19, 2020
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Jacqueline Denise Watson, age 65, of Nashville, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 19, 2020 at the I.U. Health; Bloomington Hospice House. Born September 20, 1954 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Leroy Watson, Sr. and Rosa Bell (Edwards) Watson. Jacqueline was the owner and operator of the Red Barn Jamboree and R.V. Park. Jacqueline was a member of the N.R.A., Toastmasters, I.U. Alumni Association and Harmony Baptist Church. She was an amazing artist especially loving to oil paint. She enjoyed attending I.U. sporting and cultural events, horseback riding, being active with the former Harmony Baptist Learning Center, active with Roller Derby in Columbus, Indiana and Jacksonville, Florida, fishing, volunteering for many years for the Lotus Music Festival, being a Salt Creek Sundancer, swimming and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She had served as a Red Cross swim instructor; training many people how to swim for the first time and life guard training as well. She was a former member of the Brown County Lions Club. Jacqueline is survived by her daughter, Vercii Rose (Frank) Reed; of Bedford; two brothers, Leroy (Nancy) Watson, Jr., of Golden, Colorado and James (Rada Goodman) Watson, of Hawaii, one sister, Karen (Chris) Slaughter, of Fishers, Indiana; six half-siblings, Barbara, John, Kay, Ronnie, George and Joe; four grandchildren, Aidan D. Guffey, Gavin X. Guffey, Elysia D.R. Guffey and Waylon L. Reed and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. There will be a memorial gathering at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville on Saturday, October 10th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Vercii Reed. Online condolences may be given at


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Nancy Carmer

October 10, 2020

Worked with Jackie at the Learning Center at Harmony Church. She enjoyed all the kids and helping them to learn their lessons.
She had obtained some computers and had them up and running for the kids to use!! What a Blessing she always was to make their learning fun and interesting!!
She also made sure there was a snack for the kids to enjoy after school. ..
Hugs to her family!!

Connie Haxton-Theoharis

October 9, 2020

It is with much sorrow that I write. Jackie and my friendship began in high school, remaining lifelong friends. We were two among the declared five sisters.
Jackie and I traveled together to Florida during spring break, a good party. Coming home with a bag of sharks teeth, that to this day, I stumble upon taking me back to that time. We shared the same birthday, my favorite, when we celebrated together with our mothers at the Brown County Inn. The many days spent at her farm. Thanksgiving shared together. Many summer nights spent around the fire listening to music. Dancing in the fields at parties. We had so many dancing days and camping under the stars.
Jacqueline you were a beautiful woman always smiling and supportive . A pillar of strength and tenacity, always in a state of metamorphosis .

I love you Jackie . You will be greatly missed.

Pete Sebert

October 7, 2020

We did a variety of things together. We started as poet artist friends at open mics at the Inns or delis. Supported her as she sun danced with Lakota Sioux in Hoosier National Forest. She gave me a spot to rent for my cabin at Red Barn Campgrounds. Many evenings around a campfire loving Brown County, hawks, a stray fawn, the rain, and travelers in camping gear. Singers, entertainers at the Red Barn where she was often a host, a rare person of energy, insight, and abilities. Her Labor Day gatherings of family, on her farm was a way to end the summer and begin fall in Brown County. Pete Sebert, Jacob Brown...ambassador from another time loved her also.

Vicky Gorbett-Wyatt

September 29, 2020

When living in a rural area as a young girl, the adventure of riding a school bus with each other and just sharing the first sleepover at each other’s homes can be the beginning of lifelong friends. We were from the same “ Neck of the Woods”, living just down the road” from each other. Jackie became my friend and continued to be my friend throughout our lives. Jackie was a blood sister taking our vows with all our friends as very young girls. We shared laughter , tears, young girls crushes on High School boys, secrets . Sleepovers , parents and each other’s homes.
As we became young women, our friendship continued and then we opened a small business together . My dear friend was an inspiration to me throughout my life. I never grew exhausted of her relentless strength . Her work ethic was to be admired, she never allowed herself to be bested in any situation. She only became stronger with any and all obstacles that were presented to her. I will miss her dearly and What a wonderful time and life we shared together. Jackie, you will never be forgotten

My condolences to her family, especially her daughter Versi and her beautiful. grandchildren.

Luna Romero

September 26, 2020

Rest in peace my beautiful Sundance sister. And thank you for your guidance and love. Your spirit will always be felt. My deepest condolences for your family.

Cathy Kazimier

September 25, 2020

I was sorry to hear that Jackie passed. I met Jackie in high school. We had our little group of girls that hung together. Our pack would go out to the Watson’s house for what all now I don’t recall but her Mom and Dad always welcomed us. Oh we were quite the crew back then. We had a lot of fun our senior year. Jackie and I also worked at the Nashville House together as two of five waitress. We worked are butts off but had a good time doing it.
May Jackie Rest In Peace.

La Verne Foster

September 25, 2020

To Verci, Karen, Leroy Jr., Jimmy and the entire Watson family. I send my deepest condolences. Jackie always told me I was her sister, we just had different parents. Jackie was my childhood friend and our families spent a lot of time together.
Jackie was faithful keeping in touch throughout the years, after moving from Indy. She always brought so much joy into our lives. She was so much fun to be around and I was always amazed at how much talent God Blessed her with.
Jackie loved her family, friends and she Loved the Lord. Jackie loved people.
She was an Angel in my eyes and my entire family adored her. She was absolutely Beautiful.
I will miss Jackie.

Rest in Heaven Beautiful!

Hawkins Betsy

September 24, 2020

Jackie was very nice, always with a smile, and often did Bible study at Parkview Church. She would also slip into our church when hers was over. My husband knew her from the Nashville House where she worked while in school. We are so sorry. She will be missed.

Larry and Betsy Hawkins

Beverly Vasquez

September 24, 2020

I have so many fond memories of being both a neighbor and friend of Jackie and her daughter Vercii. From parties, to cookouts, to horseback riding and watching our children grow up together, they are all so special.
What I value most, however, was her can-do attitude and willingness to involve herself in things that would benefit others. She and I (with the help of a host of volunteers) ran an after-school tutoring program at Harmony Church for many years, and I was constantly amazed at the resources she came up with through community donations that helped enrich that experience for the children. And the Parent-Night dinners we hosted as well as the Lock-Ins made the program so much fun as well as educational. She always loved a good party!
I'm sure heaven has received her with open arms, and she is busy planning a party with all of ours and her family members and friends who are already there .

Rosalind Foster

September 24, 2020

Jackie was my childhood friend. I was blessed to know the whole family. When the family moved we were invited to their beautiful home. We had such a wonderful time, horseback riding and so much food. Jackie came to mom's 90th Birthday last year and spoke such kind words about the good old days. She look absolutely beautiful. Little did I know I wouldn't see her again but it was truly a blessing to share that unforgettable event. RIH Jackie, You touched many lives. Gone but never forgotten


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