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Carolyn H. Watson

Obituary Date: Tuesday 16th November 2021

Carolyn H Watson, 82, passed away at her home in Cumming, GA on November 5, 2021, at the end of a two-year battle with cancer.

An Atlanta native, she grew up in the Kirkwood neighborhood, attended Murphy High School, and Atlanta Business School. Growing up in the years during and following The Great Depression, she developed a fierce connection to family and fearless ability to fight and survive. As a young girl, she endured firsthand the debilitating effects of numerous, common, and life-threatening illnesses among family members, which surely gave her a gift for compassion for the sick and suffering. She learned the value of home, a safe space, as comfortable and beautiful as possible.

She began taking on part-time work around the age of 14 to help with the home income and would continue to work in many settings applying her acquired skills in business, retail, transportation, healthcare, and banking. Some of her proudest professional accomplishments were serving as President of the Women’s Traffic and Transportation Association; Administrative Assistant for her brother’s business, RH Flooring; and Director of Admissions at Crawford Long Memorial Hospital, of Atlanta. Later in life she combined her love of objects of art, furnishings, and antiques with the love of the art of the deal, buying and selling for her business, GranDesigns.

A true extrovert, Carolyn was energized by the company of friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. She was the first to volunteer, speak-up, roll the dice, lead the parade, the cheer, the dance, or the song. All life’s choices were important and therefore worthy of her passion, "If you’re going to do it, do it well”.

She loved to travel and especially with family. The happiest times of her life were spent traveling with siblings, cousins, children, grandchildren, and friends. The only thing better would be any, and all combined. Her favorite vacations were visiting all the beautiful places our country has to offer and many of her favorite trips were to our National Parks. In her travels, she was inspired and awed by the beauty and grandeur of God’s beautiful creations and loved sharing those experiences with those she loved.

Life’s necessities: a dog, a car, a job, a trip to plan and a room to redecorate; and of course, most importantly, loved ones to share them all with. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 47 years, Billy. She is survived by her daughters; Bambi (Nutt) Kendrick (‘Ken’), Stacey W. Sosebee (Daryl), grandchildren; Harris Kendrick, Meredith K. Clayton (Brian), great-grandson Emmet Clayton; brother, Ray Holman (Carroll), brother Timothy A Holman (Carol), and many much-loved siblings by marriage, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Her powerful hand helped shape us all, and so, she will always be with us.

A Memorial and gathering will be held November 27,2021 at Big Canoe in Jasper, GA, 11:30am-3:30pm, with tribute beginning at noon followed by a light reception. All are welcome, must contact a family member for details. There will be a brief visitation at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming on, December 2,2021 at 10:00 AM prior to departing for burial at The National Cemetery in Canton at 12:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers please consider a making a celebrate the memory gift to The National Park Foundation, or

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made at

Funeral Home
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory
210 Ingram Ave. , Cumming 30040