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Carolyn Fuller Watson

June 2, 1942 ~ February 17, 2018 (age 75)

A homegoing celebration for Mrs. Carolyn Fuller Watson of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018, will be held Saturday, February 24th, 2:00 p.m. at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2511 E. Columbus Dr., Rev. Larry Roundtree II pastor, officiating. The interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. Carolyn Fuller Watson was born in Ft. Gaines, Georgia on June 2, 1942. She was the third child of six children born to the late William Fuller, Sr. and Susie Mae Fuller. She attended Chattahoochee Elementary School and graduated from Asbury Speight High School in 1960 as the salutatorian of her class. During her school days she was on the dance team, a cheerleader and an oratorical speaker. At church she was a member of the choir. After graduation she matriculated to Albany State (College) University in Albany, Georgia, where she majored in Science Education with emphasis in Biology and Mathematics and received a Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1965 she became an educator in Brook County School System in Quitman, Georgia. She taught 10th grade Biology for one year. On March 7, 1966 Carolyn married Reverend Frank Moses Watson. To keep the family together, Carolyn transferred to the Valdosta, Georgia School System where her husband had secured a job. There she taught eighth (8th) grade math until 1969. Seeking a change and a better job opportunity, Carolyn and her husband, along with their three children relocated to Tampa, Florida. Carolyn taught at Franklin Jr. High School, a trade center, until she retired in 1997. For a brief period, she came out of retirement and she taught gifted and honors students at McLane Middle. During most of her career Carolyn sponsored the Science Fair and was the active Chair of the Science Departments; she also sat on the newsletter committee.  The ultimate professional, Carolyn was a member of The Tampa Bay Area Alumni Chapter of Albany State (College) University, where she served as corresponding secretary; The Live Oak Civic Association serving as secretary; A member of The New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Inc., serving as Chair Lady of the Deaconess Board Choir #1, and President of the Senior Women’s Mission.  Her career affiliations include Lifetime members of  CTA, FEA, Science Foundation and a member of the National Council of Negro Women (April 2006), and in the year of 2012 she won the 38th annual Mary McLeod Bethune Achievement Award. Carolyn lived her life as a woman of high moral character, good will, dignity and self-respect. She was a peace maker and was able to get along with most people; she was soft spoken, kind and happy most of the time. Choosing the noble profession of teaching, Carolyn touched the lives of thousands of children and adults during her tenure. Many young ladies had the benefit of having her serve as their mentor. Beginning in her formative years, Carolyn was a special person.  She reigned as A Queen of her high school. Even during her higher education, she reigned as a special person having been chosen Miss Biophysics Queen, ASU Tampa Bay Area Alumni Chapter Queen. At the church, she was crowned Miss New Mount Zion.  A loving person, Carolyn adored her family and was always happy when she was in their presence. And she thoroughly enjoyed managing her household so that her family would reap the benefits of her labor. Her hobbies included sewing, reading, interior decorating, gardening and landscaping. Further, Carolyn enjoyed being self-employed as a distributor of GNLD. Gone from this earth but not forgotten, Carolyn Fuller Watson lives on in the hearts and mind of her family and all of those who had the privilege of knowing this remarkable lady. Her children, Gary (Selecia) Watson, Angela Johnson, Kaladia (Joseph) Chaney; siblings, Nella Wade, Paul Fuller, David Fuller and Robert Fuller; aunt, Effie M. Brown; sisters-in-law, Pauline Fuller, Hazel Fuller, Mary Watson Jones and Adel Watson Gay; brother-in-law, Dr. T. Marshall Jones; grandchildren, Garry “Roshod” Johnson,  Gary Watson Jr., Andrew Israel Woodard, Norma Pruitt, Audra Calloway, Christopher Watson, Jasmine Woodard, Larenz Johnson, Tyler Watson, Miriam Woodard, Danielle Chaney, Aja Chaney and Haley Chaney; great grandchildren, Dontae Morris, Javari Johnson, Zariah Johnson, Jermyah Calloway, Jaheem Calloway, and Aubreii Calloway; special friends, Geraldine Twine, Yvonne Douglas, James Copeland and Kimberly Easy; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. The visitation will be held at New Mt. Zion M.B. Church on Friday, February 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday for the service.

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