Madge Watson Phillips, 97, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at her daughter Susan’s home in Jacksonville, FL, surrounded by her loving family and care givers. She was born on July 7, 1922, in Webster County, GA to her parents, James and Minna (Harry) Watson. She was one of thirteen children and family was always important to her. She loved gardening and was known for her green thumb. Everyone loved Madge’s cooking, especially her fried chicken and homemade cakes, and she made family, friends, and strangers always feel welcome in her kitchen and home. She loved watching the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs and wore her Bulldogs shirt for every game. She married James Stuart and they had three children, James Ronald, Judith Deane, and Susan Leigh. Albany, GA, was her home for most of her life.
Mrs. Phillips is preceded in death by her parents, her former husband James A. Stuart, her son James Ronald Stuart of Albany, GA, and by all twelve siblings. She is survived by her daughters Judith Stuart Visco (Phillip) of Green Cove Springs, FL; Susan Stuart of Jacksonville, FL; her grandson, Titus Stuart of Albany, GA , and her granddaughter Ryan Visco Fierst (Lane) of Tallahassee, FL; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 16, at 11:00 AM, at Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home and internment will follow. Mrs. Phillips’s nephew Rev. Kenneth Watson will be officiating.