Reatha Eleanor Seawell Watson
August 4, 1921-April 12, 2020

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

This truth carried Reatha Seawell Watson for her 98 years. She grew up in Putnam, NC near Carthage. She attended Cool Springs Methodist Church and never lost her Methodist heritage.  She had tuberculosis and began work at McCain hospital after her recovery. She met her husband, John Monroe Watson, there and shared 51 beautiful years of marriage with him.  She worked at McCain until retirement. Reatha served her Church, Ashley Heights Baptist, for many years including children’s Sunday school and the WMU.  She had one son John Monroe Watson Jr (wife Phyllis), and two grandchildren Rebecca Autry (husband Chris) and Daniel Watson (wife Elizabeth). She dearly loved her great-grandchildren Sam and Brooklyn.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents Asa and Laura Mathews Seawell, several sisters and brothers Terry Seawell (wife Dot) and Waldo Seawell (wife Dorcas), and a very special niece Carol Lee Williams (husband Tom).  She had many other nieces and nephews that she held very dear and enjoyed visits and phone calls with them. Family, friends, and Church were very important to her. She will be greatly missed but trust we will be united in heaven one day.

Mrs. Watson will lie in state at Community Congregational Church, 141 N. Bennett Street in Southern Pines on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage. There will be a private graveside service at Ashley Heights Baptist Church Cemetery 3:00 pm Wednesday.

The family would like to thank First Health Hospice, Home Choice Network and especially Edna Dix for taking such good care of her.  God Bless You.

“Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You are with me” Psalm 23:4a

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Reatha’s passing. She was very dear to our whole family. We will be praying for the family during this difficult time. Kenneth and Vicki Emmons.

  2. Johnny, Phyllis, and family,
    I grieve with you over the loss of Rea. She was good friends with my Mom and Dad for as long as I can remember. She was my dear friend too. She encouraged me and prayed for me during some very hard times. I will miss her very much! But I rejoice that she crossed over to heaven on Easter Sunday. She is with her Lord, and reunited with John. I’m grateful that she isn’t suffering any longer. I will continue to lift you all in prayer.
    Beth Evans

  3. my heart and prayers are with u and the family during this difficult time i know shes in a better place in heaven but my heart hurts for u and for phyllis and the family so if u guys need anything please do not hesitate to call me or message me i am just a hop and skip away i love u all

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
    May you be filled with the peace of Christ.
    Louis and Nancy Chalmers

  5. John and Phyllis, sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve seen your recent posts and know how beloved she was and how much you will miss her. She must have been a remarkable woman. We will be praying for you all.

  6. What a long and fruitful life! I know she will be missed. Phyllis and John, you have been loving and loyal caregivers and I know it made all the difference in her life. Sending my love and hugs to all of the Watsons and Autrys.

  7. John, Phyllis and Family – We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Rea. What a special day to go to see Jesus – Easter Sunday. She is with Uncle John and in no pain. Aunt Rea will surely be missed. We will remember the times of sitting around with her and laughing about the past. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love to all of you.

  8. Johnny, Phyllis and family— Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Rea was a special lady and will be greatly missed. Love to all of you from Derrick, Heidi, Aaron and Jessica.

  9. Send my deepest condolences to u John and Phyllis Watson! Even though Bill and I can’t physically be there with you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  10. We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Reatha’s passing. Earth’s lose and heaven’s gain. We thought so much of her and the great memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you
    Perry & Tobbie Emmons

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