Katherine “Kat” Watson Linton was born on September 30, 1941 in Marlboro County, a daughter of the late George and Pearl Watson. She was educated in the Marlboro County public school system and graduated with the class of 1959 from Eastside High School in Bennettsville, SC. In school Kat was well known for her outstanding skills as a majorette and how she would twirl the baton and throw it in the air. She was also an outstanding basketball player. Upon graduation from High School, she furthered her studies at Clinton College in Rock Hill, SC. Kat relocated to Brooklyn, NY joining her sister, who later introduced Kat to the love of her life, the late James Waites Linton or “ Wade” as she affectionately called him. Kat and Wade proudly shared that they were married on September 21, 1968 at The New Gethsemane Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. They were blessed to share 45 years together before Wade went home to be with the Lord in 2014. Family was always very important to Kat and Wade. They loved and enjoyed their children and grandchildren and made it a priority to support them at all their school activities; however, they had a favorite parking space when attending the football games and designated seating at the basketball games at McBee High School. No matter the outcome of the game, Kat was good as long as she was able to get her a hot dog at halftime. Kat was brought up in a Christian home, a product of a Baptist daddy and a Methodist mother that loved the Lord. At an early age she joined Spears United Methodist Church in Bennettsville, SC. In 1981 Kat and Wade relocated to Hartsville, SC in the Middendorf Community and she joined Zion Hill Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member and worked diligently until her health began to fail. She was on the choir, usher board, president of the Mission Society at Zion Hill and was the “Mother of the Church”. Kat was also an active member of the Myrtle Lodge #56 Order of the Eastern Star. While in New York, Kat worked at several companies and in various roles, (grocery store, bookkeeper at Wade’s Trucking Company and in administration at a Department Store). She took pride in doing a great job and was a dedicated employee at every place she worked. When she moved to SC, she began working at A.O. Smith Water Heater Company in McBee, SC where she retired after 23 years of exemplary service. Kat often spoke fondly of her time at A. O. Smith with her friends and co-workers. Many that had the opportunity to know and work with Kat described her as dedicated, hardworking, and someone that got along well with others.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Sharon Theresa Linton of Hartsville, SC; sons, Clyde Dale Thomas (Betsy) of Hartsville SC and Alphonso Sellers (Katrina) of Lancaster, SC; one brother, Clarence Nelson of Baltimore, MD; four grandchildren, Brandi Thomas, Kathryn Kiajana Linton, James Austin Linton all of Hartsville, SC and Brandon Sellers of Lancaster SC; one great grandson, Monroe Zachery Thomas, of Hartsville, SC; four sister-in-laws, Willie Mae Linton, Cornelia Carr of Hartsville, SC and Carolyn (Herbert) Dingle of Florence, SC; Shirley Watson of Bennettsville, SC; one brother-in-law, Curtis Campbell; Godson Derek L. Carr of Brooklyn, NY; a special friend Mary “Mo” Corbett; and a host of special nieces and nephews, and other relatives. Kat was proceeded in death by her parents George and Pearl Watson; stepmother Helen Blackmon Watson; Brothers George Watson Jr., Buddy Watson, Roosevelt Watson, Johnny Watson, and JS Watson. Sisters Grettia W. Linton McLeod and Hattie Sykes; and God-daughter Lorna Davis Flemming.
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