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“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

More than a century ago in Rose Hill Community adjacent to Hwy 44, was born the fourth child and only girl to the late Owen and Ocean Watts. Sedonia Watts, affectionately known as “Mama Watts”, was born November 5, 1916. She departed this life on March 26, 2018 for her heavenly home.

Sedonia attended La Marion School, where she was a standout member of the basketball team. Her work career began, as a manager in her Aunt’s café. Her further employment as a domestic was at the downtown Marion Hotel and private residential home. She became a librarian when the library was established in the African American community. She was a self-taught “Master Seamstress” who customized tailored clothing, quilts and more for many residents of Marion County and surrounding areas. She was lovingly called “Mama Watts” as she babysat many children through the community.

Sedonia was a devoted church member throughout her lift. She confessed her faith the Christ at an early age when she joined Rose Hill CME church. Later, she relocated to Columbia and join Columbia Valley Methodist Church. She remained an active member until her health began to fail very late in life. She was President of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, and the Chancel Choir, a faithful Sunday School member, communion stewardess, and served on various church committees.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Owens and Ocean Watts; her brothers, John Henry Watts, Rev. Hezekiah Watts, James T. Watts, and Sones Edward Watts; a son Mitchell Don Watts, She leaves to cherish her memory; four children, C.T.”Sonny Man” Johnson (Lucile) of Milton, , FL; Laura W. Foxworth (Jimmy) and Lydia “Sandra” “Goldbird”Echols (Math) of Columbia, MS; Michael D. Watts (Willette) of Little Elm, TX; 26 grandchildren, as well as a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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  • Monday, October 29, 2018
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