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Linzy '"Butch" L. Watson

October 24, 1933 ~ May 22, 2022 (age 88)

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Linzy Lenolia Watson was born to the late James and Elease Watson in Chesterfield South Carolina on October 24, 1933. He was the second of thirteen children. Linzy and his family relocated to Philadelphia, PA in 1944. He was educated in the public school system. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers James William, Robert, John, three sisters Geraldine, Glenda Ruth, and Rosalie.

Linzy Lenolia Watson joined the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith in 1946, under the pastorship of Bishop S.C. Johnson and he was baptized.  He received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1948. Linzy was a gifted musician, and he played the tenor saxophone in the church orchestra.

Linzy began his truck driving career at age of 18. Where he hauled steel and bricks for the building of the new church located at 22nd Bainbridge Streets. Linzy was later employed by Triple (AAA) Trucking Company 1967. In the month of March in 1972 Linzy received a written accommodation for a safe driving record by AAA Trucking Company.

Linzy and Bernice met during a church fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. Bernice caught his eye as she and her sister were rending music. Linzy & Bernice were joined into holy matrimony on September 11, 1955, in Elkton, Maryland. Through this union seven children were born: Linzy L. Watson, Jr., Sharrolyn D. McGriff, Steven L. Watson, Darien W. Watson, Marvin L. Watson, Patricia A. Watson, & Darcel E. McDaniel.

Following the prompting of the Lord, he joined Faith Temple Church of God in Christ March 26, 1989, and was installed as a Deacon, December 14, 2014. , and sang on the Male Chorus.

Linzy never believed in being late for any reason. He instilled a strong work ethic, respect, to do all things as unto God, and to do things in decently and in order. Wisdom was his portion. He believed strongly that a man should be the head of his home, if a man does not work, he does not eat. His knowledge of God’s word was always in his heart.  He shared numerous stories of his childhood and spoke about the sacrifices a man must make for his family. Linzy did not tolerate any foolishness. He trusted in God with all his heart, mind, & soul.

Sometimes he would wake up in the early morning and cook breakfast or brought food home with him at night (barbeque chicken from Erie Avenue). When he came in from work, we would race to take his shoes off his feet. Linzy would bring home corn and fry it up to perfection. Nobody made fried corn like him.

His favorite song was I Will Trust in the Lord Until I Die. His faith and prayer life were strong even through his transition on May 22,2022.

Linzy L. Watson leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Bernice of 67 years, Linzy L. Watson, Jr., Sharrolyn D. McGriff, Steven L. Watson, Darien W. Watson, Marvin L. Watson (Evelyn), Patricia A. Watson, & Darcel E. McDaniel (Dwayne); Grandchildren Erica, Shaquita, Linzy III, Rasheedah, Terrell, Michelle, Marketa, Shaniece, Marvin Jr., Daron, Sharif, Tia, LaToya, Darien, Jr., Terence, Alexander, Janai, and Dwayne, Jr., thirty great grands, and 5 great-great grands;  one special nephew Kevin Thomas, two brothers Harry & Lester and three sisters Mary, Josephine, & Alease a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a loving church family.


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June 4, 2022

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