Mrs. Stephanie Owen Watters

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 14, 2008

By Staff
Mrs. Stephanie Doree Owen Watters, 60, of Washington, went on to be with her Saviour and to be reunited with her true love, Jim, on Sunday, February 10, 2008.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Covenant Community Church with Pastor Shad Watters and Pastor Phil O’Carroll officiating. Burial will follow in Covenant Community Church Cemetery. Dale Matthews, Bud Brooks, Larry Tetterton, Tommy Brabble, Mardell Jennette and Ronald Brantley will serve as pallbearers. Ed Lucas, Lawrence Campbell, Frankie Buck, David Grasha, Timothy Harris and Christian Watters will be honorary pallbearers.
The family received friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at Covenant Community Church and at other times at the home of her son, Shad Watters, 490 Barwick Drive and at 213 Heritage Park Drive.
Mrs. Watters was born January 9, 1948 in Fayetteville, NC. She was the daughter of the late Norman Bennie Owen and Thelma Florene Owen, who survives. She attended Wilson County Schools, and later attended Washington High School after the family moved here in 1960. She received a degree in Theology from Logos Bible College.
On June 9, 1968, she married the late James William Watters, Jr., with whom she shared 35 wonderful years. She was a homemaker, an accomplished pianist, a teacher, and, with her husband, co-founded Covenant Community Church, which celebrates 25 years of community service this year.
Stephanie was a strong and active woman of faith. Her faith was manifested in her Christian service. She was thirteen when she began playing piano for the 15th Street Church of God. She and her husband established Covenant Community Church on February 13, 1983. She was an accomplished musician, artist, and teacher. Stephanie especially enjoyed ministering to the youth at Covenant. Even in her declining health, Stephanie maintained her strong testimony by conducting Bible studies in her home. She wrote over 150 hymns and praise songs. Her life’s goal was summarized in the following song she wrote:
Rule and reign in me until your ways are mine.
Rule and reign until your love becomes my own.
Until your desires become the very heart of me.”
She is survived by her mother, Thelma Florene Owen of Washington, NC; her sister, Vivian Beasley and husband, Gary of Inverness, FL; three sons, James “Shad” William Watters and wife, Barbara, and their sons, Christian, Hunter and Micah, all of Washington, NC, Stephen Owen Watters and wife, Candace, and their children, Harrison, Zoe, and Churchill, all of Colorado Springs, CO, and Shawn Dylan Watters and wife, Kellie and their daughter Rhiannon Mattie, all of Greenville, NC.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Flo Taylor.
Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be sent to: Covenant Community Church, 3078 Highway 17 North, Washington, NC 27889.
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Hillside Funeral Service of Washington is serving the Watters family.
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