Obituary, The State (Columbia, SC)
November 28, 2000:
The service for Catherine Virginia “Cathy” Watson, 49, will be held to celebrate her life at 4 p.m. today, November 28, 2000, at College Street Baptist Church in Walhalla, with visitation following in the fellowship hall. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday afternoon, November 29, 2000, at Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin. Davenport Funeral Home is in charge. Memorials may be made to the ADK Cathy Watson Scholarship Fund, c/o Adelaide Carpenter, Ravenel Elementary School, 150 Ravenel School Road, Seneca, SC 29678.
Ms. Watson died Monday, November 27, 2000 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Born in Egin, she was the daughter of Jean F. Watson and the late James Donald Watson Jr. Cathy was a graduate of Winthrop College and received her master’s degree from Clemson University. She began her teaching career at Lugoff Elementary School in Kershaw County. She had been employed for 23 years by the School District of Oconee County and had served for 12 years as principal of Ravenel Elementary School in Seneca. Under her leadership, Ravenel was named Palmetto’s Finest Elementary School in 1997. In 1998, she was selected as the National Distingguished Principal from South Carolina. Other honors that she received while at Ravenel included S.C. Outstanding Administrator in suport of Fine Arts, S.C. Outstanding Administrator in support of Health and Physical Education, Seneca Lions’ Club Educator of the Year, Clemson Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Administrator and Outstanding Kappan of the Year. She was a founding memeber and first President of the Seneca chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and had been named its Outstanding Member of the Year. She was a member of College Street Baptist Church in Walhalla, where she served as leader in the children’s choir program, member of the adult choir and the chorale. She also started the puppet ministry at College Street. Cathy was devoted to the children at her school and her church.
Surviving are mother, of Elgin; sisters, Donna Holloway, Columbia, Lisa Watson, Washington, D.C.; nephews, Jay and Jeff Holloway, Columbia.