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John Willie (JW – Bae-Bae) Watson

December 29, 2020 by convergesc

Sunrise: August 24, 1950
Sunset: December 23, 2020

Mr. John Willie (JW – Bae-Bae) Watson was born on August 24, 1950 in Bennettsville, South Carolina to the late Mr. Willie and Reverend Edith Smith Watson. He answered the Master’s call to come home on December 23, 2020 at McLeod Health Hospital in Florence, South Carolina.

Bae-Bae attended the public schools of Marlboro County. He later entered the Job Corps where he developed a love for boxing. He moved to Anaheim, California to pursue a career in boxing for several years under the ring name of Joh “Spider” Watson. He later returned home and became employed at JP Stevens (Delta Plant) in Wallace, South Carolina. He left South Carolina to make his home in Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked in construction. A few years ago, he returned to Bennettsville to help his family assist with caring for his beloved mother.

Bae-Bae was converted and baptized at an early age and joined Sawmill Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorship of Reverend E.M. Booker.

He was an avid reader and loved doing construction work until his health began to fail. He also enjoyed spending time at McDonald’s and Bojangles with the senior citizen groups.

Bae-Bae was preceded in death by his father and mother, the late Mr. Willie and Reverend Edith Smith Watson.

Left to cherish his loving memories are his siblings, brothers: Jacob Watson of the home Luther (Bertha) Watson and Frederick Watson of Bennettsville, SC; sisters: Vanessa (Reverend Osmar) Kelly of Laurinburg, NC and Hiltra Watson of Bennettsville, SC; nieces and nephews: Sean, Travas, Brandi, Steven (Jamil) Shannon (Jermaine), LaShonda, Frederick Jr., and Tiara (Mitchell); great nieces and nephews: Demetrius, Zamiya, Destiny, Samiya, Jamaine Jr., Imani, Dunivah, Delegrande, Dalaquan, and Ja’Niya; aunts: Mary Lee Brown, and Louise Smith of Bennettsville and Sedonia Smith of Sanford, NC; a host of cousins and friends; extended family (Dease sisters and brothers); two cousins whom he enjoyed talking with, James “Pete” Watson and Alex Watson; his school friend Otis Bethea, Jr. and a dear friend Mrs. Yvonnia Blackmon of Raleigh, NC.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 2 pm at Historical Sawmill Missionary Baptist Church, Bennettsville.

Jesse Johnson, Jr.

by convergesc

  • Sunrise: June 15, 1947
  • Sunset: December 22, 2020

Jonesboro, Georgia: Mr. Jesse Johnson Jr. was born on June 15, 1947 to the late Jesse Johnson, Sr. and Ethel Lee Johnson in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Jesse was their first born of seven children. During his childhood years, he was blessed to have his beloved grandparents, Lewis and Ethel Bostic, who played a positive and nurturing role in his life. They were strict disciplinarians who embedded in his spirit that with strong faith in God, to work without ceasing and obtain a good education he could excel and achieve anything. As a youth Jesse received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined Sawmill Baptist Church where he attended throughout his childhood.

Jesse begin his education at Marlboro Elementary School and graduated from Eastside High School in 1967. After graduating he relocated to Brooklyn, New York and was drafted into the United States Marine Corps. He served four years as Gunnery Sergeant stationed at Fort Hamilton, New York City. He was deployed to Vietnam where he served on frontline as a ground soldier fighting the Vietnam War for 18 months.

Upon completion of his military service Jesse returned to Brooklyn, NY and joined Messiah Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was employed as a Tractor Trailer Driver for five years. Jesse had a heart for driving and decided to seek employment with The New York City Transit Authority. He took pride in his position as a Bus Operator and was employed with the company for 20 years until his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Jesse was a very proud man and took pride in his attire. When he entered a room or a social event, he presented himself well. He had an infectious smile and a grin that would automatically make you smile. One of his favorite quotes was, “Look at me” with his head tilted to the side and grinning. He was an excellent communicator and never treated anyone like a stranger.

Preceding his death were his parents, Jesse and Ethel Lee Johnson, His grandparents, Lewis and Ethel Bostic, Adolphus III and Juanita Johnson; two brothers’, Edward Johnson and Charles Bostic.

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, after a long battle with MS he transitioned from his earthly home, to his eternal home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His loving memories will be cherished by his three daughters;: Nicole Howard, Baltimore MD; Tyshema Douglas, of the home; Tonya Johnson, Charlotte, NC; three sons; Jesse (Ronda) Johnson III, Morris Town, NJ; Kasheem Douglas, Columbia, SC; Joshua Johnson, Holland, NY; stepmother Mary McCray, Saint Albans, NY; five grandchildren: Taylor Howard Fortune, Niyani Johnson, Olivia Johnson, McKensie Johnson, Preston Johnson, Mason Johnson; two brothers: Robert Johnson, Brooklyn, NY; Michael McCray, Saint Albans, NY; seven sisters: Brenda (Charlie) Rivers, Richmond VA; Marie (Clarence) Bloomfield, Atlanta GA; Patricia Bridgeman, Jonesboro, GA; Wanda Johnson, Hampton, GA; Lavonne (Samuel) Nipper, Snellville, GA; Angela Johnson, Queens, NY; Gwendolyn McCray, Saint Albans, NY; two uncle: Adolphus Johnson IV; Bennettsville, SC; Julius Thomas, Myrtle Beach, SC; four aunts: Ruth Drake, Kinston NC; Ella S Molden & Altheria Johnson, Bennettsville, SC; Betty Freeman, Hempstead Long Island, NY; one great aunt: Lula Brown, Bennettsville, SC; one great uncle: John Ellerbie, Farrell, PA; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins; two devoted friends: Jimmy Kinard, Effort, PA; Francisco Beadeker, Brooklyn NY and so many others that shared in his life.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 11:30 am at Level Green United Methodist Church, Bennettsville.

Mrs. Berry Matthew-Cooke

December 16, 2020 by convergesc

Utah, Alabama – Graveside Services for Mrs. Berry Matthew-Cooke, formally of Bennettsville, will be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 19, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Apostle Ervin Dease, Sr.

December 9, 2020 by convergesc

  • Sunrise: November 18, 1946
  • Sunset: December 2, 2020

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. ~2 Timothy 4:7-8

Apostle Ervin Dease, Sr. was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina on November 18, 1946. He departed this life on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Andrew Jackson and Beatrice Dease. Preceding him in death are three brothers: Charles, George, and Johnny Henry Dease and one sister, Elizabeth Galloway.

Apostle Dease attended Eastside High School in Bennettsville, South Carolina, after graduating he was enlisted into the United States Army, where he served for three years. He later was employed with Marley, Marnet Packing Co. (Sopakco) Bennettsville, South Carolina, and Clarkman (Gaylord) Society Hill, South Carolina. He also, attended Chesterfield Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina. Upon returning from service, he met and married the late Patricia Gordon and to this union three sons were born.

Apostle’s family, church life, and church family were all extremely important to him. His passion and love for God and His word, gave him a determination to live life like every day was the last day. He not only taught God’s Word but he was a living example that the Word of God is true.

Apostle Dease leaves to cherish his legacy and loving memories: his loving and devoted wife, Mary M. Dease (Hon) of the home; four sons: Ervin Dease, Jr., of the home; Pastor Derrick (Yolanda) Dease of Hartsville, SC; Brian (Denetra) Dease of Bennettsville, SC and Bryant (Lacy) Drake of Raleigh, NC; One sister, Sister Virginia Dease of Bennettsville, SC and one brother, William (Robin) Dease of Columbia, SC; two brothers-in-law, Jeremiah Drake and friend (Cynthia) of Laurinburg, NC and Deacon Charles Drake of Raleigh, NC; one sister-in-law, Sister Mary E. Dease of Bennettsville, SC; seven grandchildren, Isaac, Kiara (daughter), Brian (bdeasy), Ionika, Derrian and Zierre Dease and Charlotte Drake and one great grandson, Major Henderson. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. As well as a host of spiritual sons and daughters.

Homegoing Memorial Services for Apostle Ervin Dease will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 11, at Solid Rock Holiness Church, 1004 Hamlet Highway in Bennettsville. Graveside Committal Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 12, at Word of Life Memorial Garden, Beauty Spot Road, Bennettsville.

Travis Levon Monroe, Sr.

December 4, 2020 by convergesc

  • Sunrise: January 10, 1972
  • Sunset: November 24, 2020

Mr. Travis Levon Monroe, Sr. born January 10, 1972, was the son of the Late Richard Leonard Monroe and Della Irene Monroe. His birth took place in Moore County, North Carolina. Travis departed this earthly life on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Krystal Dawn Smith.

Travis was educated in the public schools of Hoke County, Raeford, North Carolina and completed his GED at Sandhill Community College, Southern Pines, North Carolina. He completed some college courses at Northeastern Technical College and Florence-Darlington Technical College.
He was employed with Cumberland County Mental Health, Fayetteville, NC as a Healthcare Technician, First Health Moore Regional, Pinehurst, NC, Dietary Aide/Sterile Supply Technician with Security Services of America, Fayetteville, North Carolina, part-time Certified Unarmed Security Officer with Securitas, Morrisville, North Carolina, Certified Unarmed Security Officer with First Health Moore Regional, Pinehurst, NC, as an Unarmed Security Officer and with PDRTA in 2018 until his untimely death.

Travis is survived by his wife, Pamela Jones-Monroe, son, Travis Leorick Monroe, and daughter, Shaniah LeVon Monroe, of the home; mother, Della Irene Monroe of Raeford NC; three brothers: Richard Darrell (Deloris) Monroe of Raleigh, NC, Patrick Stacey (Sandra) Monroe of Charlotte, NC, and Cedric Maurice (Angela) Monroe of Robbins NC; one sister, Traci Lynne Monroe of Raeford NC; mother-in-law, Hazel Smith Jones of Bennettsville SC; father-in-law, William Henry (Phyllis) Battiste of Spotsylvania, VA; five brothers-in-law: Eddie Jr. (Kimberly) Jones, Bennettsville, SC, William III (Francenia) Battiste of Timmonsville SC, Charles (Melissa) Battiste of Fredericksburg, VA, William Battiste of Spotsylvania, VA and Phillip (Sara) Pullman of Partlow, VA; three sisters-in-law: Vermelle Jones Bryant of High point NC, Marie Battiste (Clinton) Laidley of Woodbridge, VA and Angela Battiste of Spotsylvania ,VA; a very special friend, Bryant Monroe of Aberdeen, NC; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, other family members and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 12 noon at Nashville Baptist Church, Marston, North Carolina.


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