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Carlotta Moore <I>Stewart</I> Watson

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Carlotta Moore Stewart Watson

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14 Jun 2007 (aged 106)
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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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Carlotta Moore Stewart Watson, the granddaughter of a slave, went from walking miles to school, to teaching generations of Memphians and giving radio advice on WDIA-AM.

She was born in 1900 in the area of what is now Lamar and Somerville in Midtown Memphis. Her mother was a domestic worker and her father a gravedigger for Elmwood Cemetery. In an interview she recounted her memories of childhood in what was then a farming community, saying that "neighbors shared what they had.: "If it rained you'd better hurry and get home because streets were so muddy, you might get bogged down," she said since transportation was via horse and wagon.

Her struggles continued when Memphis State University denied her acceptance because of her race. In addition to teaching social studies, Mrs. Watson was the first certified school counselor in the district. She received her master's degree in counseling from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1954. She founded a job clinic for students at Booker T. Washington High School. After she retired in 1972, she continued to promote education by donating annually to a scholarship fund at the University of Memphis. She also founded Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Sorority, Inc., She retired from Booker T. Washington High School after 54 years with the Memphis City Schools.

Using the name "Aunt Carrie," she gave on-air advice at WDIA-AM radio for 12 years starting in 1948 when the station began catering to a black audience. She later volunteered at the Memphis Public Library radio station WYPL-FM 89.3, reading newspapers and magazines for the visually impaired.

She passed from this life on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the age of 106, in her home in the Orange Mound community of Memphis, TN.

Mrs. Watson, the widow of Claude Watson, leaves to cherish her memory, her two first cousins, Beatrice Taylor of Rockford, IL and Elizabeth Taylor of Indianapolis, IN; three god-daughters, Mae Ola Mebane, Jeanette Wilson and Della Wright and a host of local cousins, sorors and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of donor's choice.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, 2647 Carnes Ave. She will lie in state on Saturday, June 23 from 10-10:55 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah CME Church. 2490 Park Avenue where she was a member with Funeral Ceremony at 11 am. with Bishop E. Lynn Brown officiating. Interment to follow in Historic Elmwood Cemetery, 824 So. Dudley. Harrison's Funeral Home, Inc.
Carlotta Moore Stewart Watson, the granddaughter of a slave, went from walking miles to school, to teaching generations of Memphians and giving radio advice on WDIA-AM.

She was born in 1900 in the area of what is now Lamar and Somerville in Midtown Memphis. Her mother was a domestic worker and her father a gravedigger for Elmwood Cemetery. In an interview she recounted her memories of childhood in what was then a farming community, saying that "neighbors shared what they had.: "If it rained you'd better hurry and get home because streets were so muddy, you might get bogged down," she said since transportation was via horse and wagon.

Her struggles continued when Memphis State University denied her acceptance because of her race. In addition to teaching social studies, Mrs. Watson was the first certified school counselor in the district. She received her master's degree in counseling from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1954. She founded a job clinic for students at Booker T. Washington High School. After she retired in 1972, she continued to promote education by donating annually to a scholarship fund at the University of Memphis. She also founded Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Sorority, Inc., She retired from Booker T. Washington High School after 54 years with the Memphis City Schools.

Using the name "Aunt Carrie," she gave on-air advice at WDIA-AM radio for 12 years starting in 1948 when the station began catering to a black audience. She later volunteered at the Memphis Public Library radio station WYPL-FM 89.3, reading newspapers and magazines for the visually impaired.

She passed from this life on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the age of 106, in her home in the Orange Mound community of Memphis, TN.

Mrs. Watson, the widow of Claude Watson, leaves to cherish her memory, her two first cousins, Beatrice Taylor of Rockford, IL and Elizabeth Taylor of Indianapolis, IN; three god-daughters, Mae Ola Mebane, Jeanette Wilson and Della Wright and a host of local cousins, sorors and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of donor's choice.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, 2647 Carnes Ave. She will lie in state on Saturday, June 23 from 10-10:55 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah CME Church. 2490 Park Avenue where she was a member with Funeral Ceremony at 11 am. with Bishop E. Lynn Brown officiating. Interment to follow in Historic Elmwood Cemetery, 824 So. Dudley. Harrison's Funeral Home, Inc.

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