Evangelist Hattie Mae Cain Watson was born April 21, 1952, in Sumter, the fifth child of the late Robert and Mattie Cain. She departed this life on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. She was educated in the public school system of Sumter County, where she graduated from Sumter High School. After high school she moved to New York in 1971. Hattie worked for many years in banking for Chemical Bank as well as Prudential Bank. After working, she decided to go back to school and get her degree. Hattie attended the college of New Rochelle where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She was so proud to have achieved her degree after so many years. While in New York, she was a member of the New Tabernacle Baptist Church where she was a deaconess. Upon relocating to Sumter in 1996, she joined Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Hattie served in many positions including the choir, missionary board and as a minister. In 2006, Deaconess Watson became an evangelist. Evangelist Watson had the love for children and ran her own business as a homecare provider. She cared for many children who came into her care. Hattie also worked in the community as she continued the legacy from her late husband Deacon Henry Watson with the Shannon Town Neighborhood Association. She did many things to improve the community and the lives of people everywhere. In addition, she worked in the Sumter School District with special needs children.
Evangelist Watson loved to dress and had a love for suits. Hattie look forward to going to New York to visit with family but also to shop. One of her favorite things were towels and anything for her home.
She leaves to cherish her legacy her children, Leroy (Kimberly) Cain of Bronx, New York, MaQuandra (Mitchell) Cain-Slater of Bronx, Danielle (Christopher) Watson-Singleton of Sumter and Henry (Sarah) Watson Jr. of Kingstree; seven grandchildren, Destiny, Mitchell Jr., Zamir, MaKayla, Jayla, Noah and Henry III (James); one great-grandchild, Niyla; several God children; one sister, Pamela Cain of Bronx; two sisters-in-law, Annie Scott and Mary Wingate of Queens, New York; one aunt, Florence Brunson of Bronx; three friends for more than 50 years, Sandra Knight, Martha Greene of Sumter, and Lonnie Simpson of Bronx; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and four brothers.
Public viewing will be held on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Job's Mortuary.
Evangelist Watson will be placed in the church on Sunday at 2 p.m. for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 14 N. Brand St., Sumter, with Pastor Larry Barnes, officiating.
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
Family will be receiving friends at the home 225 Clement Road, Sumter.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.
Online memorials may be sent to the family at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit on the web at www.jobsmortuary.net.
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