Watson Funeral Home faces foreclosure

The mortgage holder of the Watson Funeral Home and Reflection Pointe Cemetery, 3201 S. Webb Road, is suing to foreclose on the property.

The funeral home’s owner, Douglas Watson, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Oct. 14 to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $306,500 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Watson had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of money laundering.

Mortgage holder Lakeland West Capital maintains, in the foreclosure suit filed last week in Sedgwick County District Court, that Douglas and Cynthia Watson and their company, Family Centered Services, owe $177,195 on its mortgage.

The company also owes $20,971 in back property taxes, according to the Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office.

The funeral home and crematorium were closed as of Oct. 14 because it lost its only funeral director, said Mack Smith, executive director of the Board of Mortuary Arts, which licenses funeral homes.

But Smith said the cemetery is not licensed by the mortuary board and may continue to operate as long as it abides by state regulations.

A message left at Watson Funeral Home wasn’t returned.

Tom Gilman, an attorney who represents the Watsons, wouldn’t comment.

Matthew Faul, an attorney who represents Lakeland West Capital, also wouldn’t comment.