Myrtle Brown Watson, 103, member of Southport Baptist Church

Myrtle Brown Watson

OAK ISLAND — Myrtle Brown Watson, 103, passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Mrs. Watson was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Beaufort, daughter of the late Rev. A.L. Brown and Eva Mae Williams Brown.

She was raised in eastern North Carolina, having lived in Rose Hill, Four Oaks, Benson, where she graduated from Benson High School, and then moved to Southport in 1937. In Southport, she met the love of her life, D.I. Watson, to whom she was married for 65 years. After World War II, she and her husband lived in Smithfield for 35 years, where she worked for the Town of Smithfield. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Smithfield and Smithfield Chapter of the DAR. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living member of Southport Baptist Church. Mrs. Myrtle loved her Lord and her church.

Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by her husband, D.I. Watson; two brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include her two daughters, Linda Scarola, of Wilmington and Jennifer McKay, and her husband, Bill, of Round Hill, Virginia; four grandchildren, Scott Scarola, and his wife Jodi, Todd Scarola, and his wife, Terri, Kimberly Longenecker and Kevin McKay, and his wife, Melissa; 12 great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Chloe, Jada, Silas, Maya, Addi, Dominic, Ella, Claire, Titus, Sevy and Malia; brother, Bob Brown, and his wife, Jane, of Fayetteville; and 15 nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Southport Baptist Church with Pastor Kevin McKay, Mrs. Myrtle’s grandson, and Pastor Devon Varnam officiating. The family will have visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will follow services in the Northwood Cemetery. A reception will follow burial in the CMC at Southport Baptist.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southport Baptist Church Stained Glass Window Fund, 200 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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