Mabel Watson


St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church New York and Arctic Avenues, Atlantic City NJ US 08401 Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010, 09:00 am - 11:00 am


St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church New York and Arctic Avenues, Atlantic City NJ US 08401 Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010, 11:00 am


Greenwood Cemetery Pleasantville NJ US 08232 Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

Obituary of Mabel R. Watson

Mabel R. Watson, 100 years old, daughter of Granger Whitley and Katie White Whitley, and the widow of James Watson, was a native of Smithfield, North Carolina. She was born October 13, 1909, and passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2010, in the Mainland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pleasantville. She attended the elementary and high schools in Smithfield. She was president of the Girl's High School Glee Club. Mrs. Watson was a member of Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlantic City for over 80 years, joining when she and James moved to Atlantic City from North Carolina in the 1920s. A gifted musician and singer, she immediately joined the Senior Choir, where she was a member for over 80 years. She served as Secretary of the Senior Choir for 56 years. In addition to the Senior Choir, she sang with the St. James Jubilaire Choral Group under the direction of Dr. Edward Perry, (directed by Mrs. Lucy H. Thigpen), and the Atlantic Choral Arts Society. She was also a community soloist. She was instrumental in forming a group at St. James called The Choraleers in the 1960s. She was advisor to the St. James Junior Choir in the 1940s and 1950s. Several of the Junior Choir members later affiliated with the Senior Choir because of their respect and admiration for her. We fondly remember her captivating us with her solos as she sang, "All Night, All Day", "Angels, Angels, Angels", and "When On the Cross of Calvary". These are just a few examples of her special contributions. She was a magnificent and talented singer, generous Christian woman, and a faithful church and choir member. She was one of the earliest members of the St. James Golden Age Club. Mrs. Watson was President of the Tyree Delaney Missionary Society for 15 years and was a member of the Atlantic City Area Women's Missionary Society (WMS), and the New Jersey Conference Branch of WMS (AME Church). She was a member of the Presidents' Council, WMS, and served as Chairperson for the Tanner-Turner Memorial Committee. Sister Mabel received a citation from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Kappa Omega Chapter, on February 23, 1986, for her outstanding commitment to her church and musical endeavors. She was preceded in death by her children, Charles and James Watson, Jr.; two brothers, Edward and Charles Whitley; one sister, Irene Richardson; and a niece, Patricia Thompson. She is survived by one grandson, Charles Watson (Rebecca); two granddaughters, Joyce Slaughter (Freddie) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Celeste Lattimore (Derrick) of Cedar Park, Texas; three great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; her niece and primary caretaker, Marie Williams; special niece and caretaker, Clyde Washington-Griffin; nephews, Roger and Nevitte Richardson; special great nieces, YaVonne Washington and Marie Timberlake; great nephew, Brian Williams (Priscilla); Hazel Levy and the Washington Family; and a host of other great nieces, cousins, choir members, family and friends.
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